TENS Placement Page

How TENS Works!
There is nothing “magic” about Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). TENS is intended to be used to relieve pain. The TENS unit sends comfortable impulses through the skin that stimulate the nerve (or nerves) in the treatment area. In many cases, this stimulation will greatly reduce or eliminate the pain sensation the patient feels. Pain relief varies by individual patient, mode selected for therapy, and the type of pain. In many patients, the reduction or elimination of pain lasts longer than the actual period of stimulation (sometimes as much as three to four times longer). In others, pain is only modified while stimulation actually occurs. You may discuss this with your physician or therapist.

Our chart below shows how to relieve pain in specific areas.

Electrode Placement Chart


Bilateral Low Back Pain Down Both Lower Extremities Alternate



Knee Pain


Neck and Back Pain


Phantom Pain Upper Extremities


Shoulder and/or Arm Pain


Unilateral Low Back Pain into Sciatic Nerve Down Leg Alternate