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TENS unit for cervies?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello cervical pain family. :H PM Dr gave me a TENS unit. I applied one to the back/rt side of my neck at about c/3 and one on my rt shoulder. Very little stimulation level ("3") caused my shoulder to twitch and jump, I felt slight pain at my neck. The manual doesn't have info about putting it up that high on one's neck, so I'm wondering about that. One day llater my pain and stiffness is off the charts. Two days later same, with bad sore throat. Is it a bug or is it the TENS unit caused this and should not be used for the neck? :??


  • The muscle jumping is spasms. It could be that you have the tens to high or you are dehydrated. Try to turn it down and drink more fluids. See if that helps.

    The sore throat is probably a bug.

    Hope this helps! :)
  • Hi, I have a TENS unit and have used it for about 3 years everywhere from my low back to my neck. When I have turned mine up to where it's contracting my muscles I was extra sore too. The trick with it is to keep one set (if yours has 4 pads (2 red, 2 black), put one red and one black on your shoulder muscles and one set at the base of your neck. I keep mine at about 2 1/2 on my neck, a strong buzz, but not clinching me up. It's easy to do on your neck muscles. for 30 mins at a time, maybe twice a day. Mine was preset for 30 mins but my doctor said that was a good time. More than that will wear out the nerves and they'll rebel on you.

    Here's a good website page on how to use a tens unit.

    There's other's just google or search on "tens unit usage".

    Good luck. I love mine. It really helps for a short period. I wish I could walk around with mine on low all the time. LOL.
  • i would not use a normal tens i would use a acticare unit i use mine all the time
    see www.acticare .com
  • PT used one on me during Therapy. It did absolutely nothing for my shoulder pain and spasms. But it wasn't the unit it was my body responding to a pinched nerve which a TENS unit was never going to fix. Just keep in mind here everyone's advice and DO NOT turn it up until your muscles are jumpy that would not be therapeutic for you. You want a low buzz. I actually wore one at work and kept it on most of the time but it still didn't help me. I hope it works for you. I know how you're struggling right now.
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