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TENS is typically done with a TENS unit, a small battery-operated device. The device can be hooked to a belt and is connected to two electrodes. The electrodes carry an electric current from the TENS machine to the skin.

TENS, when properly used, is generally safe. If you think you would like to try TENS for back pain, speak to your doctor. The technique works differently for different people, and it's not for everyone. Your doctor may advise against using TENS if you have a pacemaker or if you have either high or low blood pressure that is not controlled.

Before starting TENS, have your doctor or physical therapist show you how to use the TENS machine. Also be sure to follow directions carefully and take these precautions:

  • Use TENS only for the reason your doctor orders it. Let your doctor know if your condition changes.
  • Do not leave electrodes in place for long periods of time without checking and cleaning the skin beneath them.
  • If a rash or burn develops beneath the electrodes and lasts more than six hours, stop TENS. Also call your doctor or physical therapist.
  • Do not place electrodes on broken or irritated skin.
  • Do not drive while using a TENS unit.
  • Do not use the device in the shower or bathtub.
  • Do not use a TENS unit with heating pads or cold packs.
  • Do not use TENS while sleeping.

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