really good, although it has three different modes for the shoulder and goes through them all automatically in one session. So my friend found it very entertaining and funny every time I jumped because it had switched to a different mode and I wasn't used to the new sensation.
but yea my shoulder feels much better and it's much more effective than pain killers.
I'm still a bit weary I'm worried about doing something wrong and shocking myself daft I know, I think it's just the thought of sending electrical impulses through your body. But it works which I wasn't expecting. I'm a bit dubious about alternative therapies
For anyone who has a Boots machine, you can contact tenscare and they sell leads for Boots machines which allow you to use different sized pads. You can get some really tiny pads which, I guess, would work on hands and feet up to some really quite large ones that are ideal for your back.
The best thing my pain management nurse taught me was that you can mix and match pads, so if you have SI pain you can use a big pad on the SI joint and a smaller one on the outside of the hip if you have pain there too. She also suggested I used mine on the manual setting and told me the ranges to use for constant settings and burst settings.
Having said that, I don't use it much because during the day I have an SI belt on and don't want to be using a TENS machine under the belt. the other option is keep nipping into the loo to take the belt off to use the TENS machine for a while and then put the belt back on again.
Another good thing she taught me was that when you have the two pads on an area, if one is more sensitive than the other, make sure the red lead (on a boots machine) is on the more sensitive area because that lead doesn't have as strong a current as the other one, so you can turn it up higher.
You shouldn't turn it up so high that the muscles twitch. If they do, even on a low setting, try moving the pad slightly. On my shoulder I can only use it on about 3 out of 15 because the shoulder capsule area is so sensitive. On my SI joint and back I can use it on 15
I have severe problems with my SI joint and have been advised to purchase a TENS machine. The Interferrential TENS is much more expensive (Â£160)) but it is supposed to be more effective and less aggravating.
Has anyone ever tried this on a SI joint? If so, where did you place the electrodes?