Back Pain – Electrode Placement

Low Back Pain – Electrotherapy for Pain Reduction

What is the best size electrode for Interferential therapy? A larger electrode often works better on chronic pain.

Apply your electrodes in a criss cross pattern. Form a large X, right over the painful area. The soothing electric current will cover the painful spot.

It’s important to place the electrodes over muscle or fat. Avoid placing electrodes over a bony area. Muscle and fat provide a more conductive pathway for the mild electric current. This provides the best pain relief experience.

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Written By Diane Layman on April 14th, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

Electrotherapy is a good solution for back pain relief. However,I would also suggest that you consider a visit to a local chiropractor. They can offer you pain relief using specific chiropractic techniques that involve hands-on manipulation of the body and thus helping the body to heal itself. You will be surprised what a chiropractor can do for you.

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Written By Skye Hussain on June 29th, 2010 @ 3:56 am

As a PT who issues these units I know how important electrode placment is for IFC. It’s not the same as TENS and electrode placement is very important. Great video.

~JTrempe PT, ATC

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Written By painguru on November 7th, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

Because the discs are absorbing shock with movement, you would
be in pain all day if your discs could cause you pain. NSAID are recommended in allopathic medication for pain relief
but all the side effects of these medicines are yet to be discovered hence their long term use is not considered as safe yet.
On the other hand, a back pillow provides lower back support which is very helpful for those who frequently experience regional pain.

Written By ???????????? on August 20th, 2014 @ 2:41 am

I am looking for the proper product to use on my back for sciatica. Injuries occurred in an auto accident. have 12 cracked vertebra plus Lumbar 5 & 6 have been removed in the 1980’s.I am looking for the proper electrodes to help with primarily the sciatic pain.

Written By carolyn perlowski on November 8th, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

Hi Carolyn,

I would use an interferential machine. Higher frequency, short time period treatment and prolonged relief. Tens is worn constantly whereas interferential is the same Rx you get in most P.T. and Chiropractic offices which lasts for 12- 20 minutes, instant help, and prolonged pain relief.


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