Causes of wrist and hand pain

Osteoarthritis, acute injury, repetitive strain injury and nerve damage are 4 of the most common generic causes of wrist and hand pain.

Osteoarthritis can occur in the joints of the fingers or thumb, or in the wrist.

Please ensure that your condition has been diagnosed and that you follow all medical advice.

ActivBody TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of chronic or degenerative wrist, hand or finger pain, your pain management plan will include several methods of pain relief and should offer drug-free options.

ActivBody is the TENS machine we suggest for chronic hand or wrist pain.

ActivBody electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief, relaxation and circulation; plus it will help keep your joints mobile.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Fast and lasting pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Circulation and reduced stiffness (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • BLOCK mode:
    • Fast acting pain relief (modulated high frequency TENS for pain gating effect)
    • Release of serotonin, if applied for long enough
  • RELAX mode
    • Lasting pain relief (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Relaxation (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Circulation (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

ActivBody effectiveness

TENS machine for wrist pain
TENS hand pain relief

We conducted a survey of 155 customers with wrist pain.

Only 1 of them did not achieve satisfactory pain relief using our TENS machine.


Of the 73 customers with hand pain, only 1 was not satisfied with their TENS therapy pain relief.



Pad placement - wrist, hand, finger or thumb pain

hand pain electrode placement
hand pain electrode placement
hand to hand electrode placement
Wrist garment
hand pain electrode placement

Settings for Mode, Intensity, Time and Repeat frequency

Everyone has a different level of skin resistance; therefore we cannot specify an exact intensity setting for you. Simply choose a level of intensity where you can feel the stimulation but ensure it is below a level of discomfort. See the table below for examples.

Muscles should not twitch or spasm. So long as you avoid muscle twitching, you cannot overdose.

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Acute pain BLOCKMedium 30 minutesas required
Chronic pain RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesas required
Nagging pain RELIEVELow Overnightas required
Relaxation RELAXLow Minimum 2 hoursas required
Circulation RELAX or RELIEVELow 60 minuteswhen practical
TENS machine to relieve hand pain

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