Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is quite common - and this is not surprising when you realize that the shoulder is the most mobile of all our joints.

The reason for this mobility is a very small joint contact zone. This essentially means that the shoulder is quite unstable. That is why the shoulder muscles are so vital to a normally functioning shoulder.

Shoulder joint

There are two joints in the area of the shoulder. One of these two joints is located where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the tip of the shoulder bone (acromion).

The other is the junction of the upper arm bone (humerus) with the shoulder blade (scapula).

Chronic pain

Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months.

Chronic shoulder pain may arise because of osteoarthritis, instability [muscles are not strong enough or they are uncoordinated] or from a chronic injury that has failed to heal successfully.

ActivBody TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of chronic or degenerative shoulder 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 shoulder 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)

Shoulder pain relief TENS

ActivBody effectiveness

We conducted a survey of 694 customers with shoulder pain.

Only 2% of them did not achieve satisfactory pain relief using our TENS machine.

Pad placement - shoulder pain

shoulder pain electrode placement
shoulder pain electrode placement
shoulder 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 shoulder pain

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