What is nerve pain?

Pain is normally felt when sensory nerve endings detect that something is wrong with the body and send pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. BUT nerve pain is different to this.

Neuropathic pain or nerve pain occurs when the nerves themselves are damaged by disease or injury. They misfire and send pain signals to the brain in a random fashion - when there is no reason to give a warning signal.

Damage can occur to nerves in the brain, the spinal cord or located throughout the body.

Possible causes of nerve pain

  • Nerve compression
  • Nerve invasion
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Disease
  • Metabolic conditions

Types of nerve pain

  • Sciatica - caused by compression of the sciatic nerve as it exits the sacroiliac joint
  • Diabetic neuropathy - usually experienced in the ankles and feet; accompanied by very poor circulation
  • Post herpetic neuralgia - this is pain after having shingles; there are many parts of the body that can be affected
  • Fibromyalgia - widespread pain and tenderness in the body, often accompanied by fatigue
  • Trigeminal neuralgia - damage to the trigeminal nerve in the face; can be excruciating
  • Complex regional pain syndrome - a painful condition of the arm, hand, leg or foot, which may occur after an injury

ActivBody TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of acute or chronic nerve 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 nerve 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 you moving.

  • 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)

Pad placement - nerve pain

sciatica electrode placement
nerve pain electrode placement
nerve pain electrode placement
nerve pain electrode placement
nerve 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 for nerve pain

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