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hey everybody it's doctor jo and today

i'm going to show you how to use the

tens unit

for sciatic pain so let's get started

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today i'm going to use the i relieve

tens ems wireless

unit which is really nice and i'll talk

about it a little bit more later

so the important thing to know about

sciatic pain is sciatic pain can come

from two different places it can

actually come

from your spine or it can come from your


piriformis piriformis muscle compressing

the nerve there

so if it's coming from your spine at l4

to s3 those are the areas that sciatic

nerve comes out

it comes out kind of in a wave and then

it becomes one big one that goes

thin down the back of your booty to the

back of your leg

so when it comes back through the pelvic


that's where it can get compressed at

the piriformis and it's important to


where your pain is coming from because

if you're going to use that tens re

the tens unit for relief you need to

know do i need to put it on my back to

get that relief or do i need to put it

on the piriformis muscle area to get


so that's why it's really important to

know the main one i'm going to show you

today is if it was coming from

my back like if it was getting

compressed by a disc herniation or maybe

stenosis or some degeneration so

that's just to remember something to

remember so

the cool thing about the wireless i

relieve tens ems

unit is it's wireless especially when

you're putting things

on your back or an area that's not just

so easy to get to

not having wires to worry about makes it

really really nice

also what's really cool about the i

relieve unit is it has 14 different

modes and so it has for pain control

it has one for arthritis and then it

also has one for muscle conditioning or


so we're going to use the tens one today

like i said i don't recommend using

the ems the electrical muscle

stimulation where you're actually

contracting the muscle

on your back therapists might use it on

your back but the

you have to be a lot more specific than

just kind of placing it on your back so

i wouldn't recommend that unless your

therapist has told you specifically

where to put it so with the wireless

it's nice because you have the bigger

pad which is

two electrodes if it was wired so you

have the two electrodes here but it's

just the one channel

and i'll talk about the four wired

electrodes in a minute but it makes it

nice because these bigger pads

with the tins you don't have to be exact

in your placement

but the big thing to remember is since

it's a little bit lower

it's kind of a little bit above where

your belt line would be and a little bit

below so you would just kind of

smack them back there and that's what

makes this so easy that it doesn't have

to be something specific

like the muscle stimulation or the ems

so i'm just going to turn this on

and the big thing is you really want you

want to turn the pods on

um really before you can do it kind of

at the same time

but to get these going you turn those on

and then you turn your unit on here

and then once it comes up you want to

make sure you see that little wireless

connection that it's on and that means

it's able to talk to those

so again like i said i'm just gonna


kind of slap them on my low back and

then i'll i'll show you where they are

but i want to show you with the wireless

it's pretty easy to do on your own

if you can have someone else do it then

sometimes they can get a little bit more


placement but like i said with the tins

it doesn't particularly

have to be exact so like i said a little

bit below the belt line

one kind of on each side so let me show

you what i'm talking about

so you can see one was a little bit

lower one was a little bit higher like i


unless you're a little ocd which is fine

usually like me

um i would maybe change it a little bit

or have someone change it for me

so then once you get them on you can

just start increasing the intensity

so with a tens it should always be

strong but comfortable it should never

be painful so if you're feeling pain

or if you're starting to get some

contractions especially on the back you

don't want that sustained contraction

you really don't even want much of a

contraction when it's on your back or

your neck area because

since the channels would be crossing the

spine for the wired ones

you don't want it to be pulling and

going back and forth you just want to


the comfort level so since there's a

couple different settings for tens

i always tell people just try each one

and see which one you like best what i

like best and what works for me

might be different for you so again you

can take this in to one of your physical

therapy sessions and have your therapist

kind of

figure it out with you and they might

tell you a specific setting that they

want for your recovery which is fine

but for me i usually tell my patients if

you like this one

it's for pain control and if it makes it

feel better that's what you want so use

that one so

that's kind of how it works you can go

into some specifics of it if you want to

and know

how much the wave forms and all those

are but to me

you're trying to get pain control so

just use whatever works best for you

so if you're using a wired tens unit

which i relieve also has

a lot of times it's different because if

you're using your tens

you'll have four electrodes for the two

channels for so for each channel the one


there's two electrodes and like i said

for the larger wireless

there's the two electrodes on the one


so it makes it a little bit different

because you have the actual

four electrodes so how am i going to

show you these four electrodes

i know dr mo musselstein is going to

graciously be a model so you can see the

back so it's a little bit easier to show

you this way than on myself

or it's more fun to show you on dr mo


here would be the back about at the l4

level all the way down to s3 into that

sacrum that's where

the sciatic nerve comes out goes down

into the bottom area where you might

feel that pain down into the leg

so if i was using the four electrodes

the one channel that has two electrodes

i'd put maybe one

here and then one kind of just below

that belt line on the booty area

and so that'd be channel one and then

one here and one here would be channel

two so you have

that cross pattern that's what you're

looking for and and

mo yeah it's okay i can show them the


yeah so if you were going if you had

your sciatic pain from

the piriformis muscle this is your big

glute muscle

underneath you have then your piriformis

muscle here and you can see that yellow

that's your sciatic nerve so the muscle

is then pushing

on that sciatic nerve so this is your

piriformis right here it's underneath

and then it comes out so if you're

having the pain from that may be sitting

for a long time

you could either place the the large electric heating pad for cramps bulk buy (

for the wireless kind of over

the booty area or i would say since it's

a little bit smaller area

you would just use the two electrodes

for the one channel

and you could either put it above and

below or you could put it horizontally

but you just want it to kind of cross

that area of pain

again remember with the tens unit it

doesn't have to be exact

you're just trying to get those patterns

those channels when they're talking to

each other

to be in the general area of pain so

that would be where it would be if you

were looking at getting some pain relief

for your

piriformis muscle so there you have it

that's how to use a tens unit to relieve

sciatic pain

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