TENS Machine Uses

A TENS machine is a mild electric current applied to the skin areas by a small power pack connected to two electrodes. In this article, you’ll find out some of the uses of the TENS machine.

Back Pain

A TENS machine is widely and extensively used for upper and lower back pain. A study with 60 patients with upper back pain found that using a TENS machine reduced pain when compared with a placebo. In a different study, patients with back pain and those who used TENS ended up making fewer hospital and clinic visits. This suggests that using TENS for back pain leads to greater health & wellbeing.

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be relieved with TENS. It would be best if you took some precautions, such as avoiding placing electrodes near your head or on the front or sides of your body. Since TENS units transmit electrical impulses to the body, avoid not using TENS near the head.

Knee Pain

A study in the 1980s published by the US National Library of Medicine shows that TENS treatment can manage knee pain as effectively as neck and back pain.

Shoulder Pain

A study in 2001 found that TENS treatment improved movement in post-stroke shoulder pain patients allowing these patients to have great mobility and movement.


NHS UK recommends a TENS machine as a pain relief option for the early stages of labour or planning to have a home birth. Please always get approval from your health advisor when using a TENS machine in relief for anything pregnancy and birth-related.

Menstrual Cramps

Women who experience dysmenorrhea or period pain found TENS a natural way to treat menstrual cramps instead of reaching for pharmaceutical relief. Using TENS is non-invasive and drug-free.

A TENS machine is an advanced medical tool, but they are very easy to use at home. Users can attach the included pads on the muscle that needs stimulation and relief, and the machine will do the rest. Unlike complicated units of the past, newer devices are simple to use and adjust. Users have direct control to change a dial or choose the proper schedule setting to allow for correct usage.