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Treat Sciatic Pain using a TENS Machine

Tens For Sciatica
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“Sciatica” refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.

Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body and manifests itself as a moderate to severe pain in your back, buttocks, and legs. You may also feel weakness or numbness in these areas.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often numbness in the affected leg.

Other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections in or around the lumbar spine, spondylolisthesis, injury, spinal stenosis, cauda equina syndrome, osteophyte, and other causes.

How can TENS machines help with Sciatica?

TENS machines generate electrical impulses through the skin. These pulses block the transmission of pain signals along nerves. TENS also stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s naturally occurring painkillers.

TENS Machines are simple to use:

  1. Start with the TENS machine off
  2. Clean the skin where the Gel Pads are to be applied with an alcohol or non-alcohol swab
  3. Use two channels and place the pads as in the image below:Sciatica
  4. Turn on the TENS MACHINE and select the program. Most TENS MACHINES have a specific program to treat Sciatica

  5.  Increase the intensity to a level which is felt but is remains comfortable

  6. Repeat at least 3 times a day

You can use TENS throughout the day for as long as you needed but for the most part programs last 40 minutes.

TENS machines are small, lightweight, and portable, so you can use them without disrupting your daily routine.

There are many other benefits of using a TENS / EMS machine you can visit: for more information or call us on 1300 361222.