What are TENS pads?

In scientific terms, TENS pads are electrodes that conduct an electrical signal through the skin. You must have 2 pads attached to your body to create a complete circuit.

The pads have the appearance of a bandage on the upside and an adhesive gel on the skin side. They are generally shaped in squares, rectangles or circles of varying sizes. All ActivLife electrodes attach to the connecting lead via 2 mm pins.

Pre-gelled pads are convenient and effective; they adhere to the body strongly and require minimal attention. They are, however, consumable items. Eventually the gel will wear away and the signal will not feel as strong. At this point you should replace the pads.

 
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Where to put the pads

For specific pad placement locations for chronic pain and injury, please use the two menus to the right.

Do not allow the electrodes to touch - this is to avoid any possible damage to the control unit.

Pain relief and relaxation

Each individual's experience of pain is unique. Therefore we suggest you try one or more of the options below, to discover what is most effective for your needs. Also remember, your needs may vary over time.

  • Pads may be placed at the precise site of pain - most people try this option first
  • Pads may also be placed on the same dermatome as the pain, i.e. the localized area. Try this if your skin is becoming a little sensitive
  • Pads may be located on areas with maximum access to major sensory nerve gatherings, e.g. ankles, wrists, sacroiliac joints or the nape of the neck
  • For referred pain, first treat the original source of the pain. If not entirely satisfactory, complement this by also managing the pain at the referred location
  • Where possible, choose locations that are not over major muscles. This will mean you can apply optimum intensity without causing unnecessary muscle twitching and consequent discomfort
  • When muscle tissue cannot be avoided, chose an intensity below muscle twitching threshold and leave the machine working for as long as necessary
Standard Electrode Pack 50 * 90 mm
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Butterfly Dual Electrode 90 * 130 mm
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Sensitive Skin Electrodes 40 * 90 mm
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Injury healing

  • Pads are placed at the location of the injury
  • Where muscle tissue will be stimulated, use a SURGE mode
  • Follow treatment time and frequency guidelines

Muscle conditioning

  • For exercise of a specific muscle, place one electrode at the top (or insert) of the muscle and the other electrode over the muscle mass - that is about one third of the way along the length of the muscle or at the centre of the muscle
  • Use a SURGE mode
  • Follow treatment time and frequency guidelines

Labour Pain

Place large electrodes either side of the spine. You may vary between positions at the lower back and mid back.

Abdominal Muscles

Six to eight weeks after childbirth your doctor will probably give you the "all clear" to resume normal physical activity. This is the time you may commence rehabilitating your abdominal sheet muscles.

Place the electrodes above and below the centre of the abdomen OR place electrodes either side of the abdominal centre line.


Pelvic floor - external electrodes

These electrodes are pre-gelled and require no further preparation. Follow cleaning instructions in the electrode pack.

For women

Place one small electrode on the perineum, i.e. the surface area between the anus and the vulva. Place one large electrode over the sacrum, i.e. the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and above the coccyx.

 For men

Place one small electrode on the perineum, i.e. the surface area between the anus and the scrotum. Place one large electrode over the sacrum, i.e. the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and above the coccyx.

 
perineum electrode placement
sacral electrode placement
 

Pelvic floor - insertable electrode

Wash the internal electrode before and after every session with warm, soapy water; rinse with fresh water and dry. Use the gel for lubrication and conductivity.

For women

Gently insert the probe into the vagina before turning the unit on. Ensure that the end with the lead attachment remains outside the vaginal passage.

For men

Anal probes are available from importers but currently they are not listed with the TGA.

 
Pelvic Floor External Electrode Set
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Pelvic Floor Insertable Electrode
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