Where do you put sacral TENS?

Answered by Robert Flynn

When it comes to placing the electrodes for sacral TENS, there are two key areas to focus on: the perineum and the sacrum. The perineum is the surface area between the anus and the scrotum, while the sacrum is the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and above the coccyx.

To begin, you’ll want to place a small electrode on the perineum. This can be a bit tricky, but with a bit of practice, it becomes easier. Start by cleaning the area with a mild soap and water to ensure proper adhesion of the electrode. Once the area is clean, carefully place the electrode on the perineum, making sure it is securely attached.

Next, you’ll need to position the larger electrode over the sacrum. This can be done by first identifying the sacrum, which is located at the base of the spine. It is a triangular-shaped bone that is slightly curved. Once you’ve identified the sacrum, clean the area with soap and water, just like you did with the perineum. Then, place the larger electrode over the sacrum, ensuring that it covers the entire area and is firmly attached.

It’s important to note that the size of the electrodes may vary depending on the specific TENS device you are using. Some devices come with pre-sized electrodes, while others may require you to choose the appropriate size for your needs. It’s always a good idea to refer to the instructions provided with your TENS device to ensure proper electrode placement.

Now that the electrodes are in place, you can begin the sacral TENS therapy. This therapy involves the use of electrical stimulation to target the sacral nerves, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort in the pelvic area. The electrodes deliver mild electrical impulses to the nerves, which can help reduce pain signals and promote relaxation.

It’s worth mentioning that sacral TENS therapy can be used for various conditions, such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and even sexual dysfunction. However, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified therapist before starting any TENS therapy, as they can provide guidance on the specific placement and settings for your individual needs.

When placing the electrodes for sacral TENS therapy, one electrode should be placed on the perineum, between the anus and scrotum, while the larger electrode should be placed over the sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine. Proper electrode placement is crucial for effective therapy, so be sure to follow the guidelines provided by your healthcare professional or the instructions of your TENS device.