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Butterfly Pads - Pack of
These electrodes are designed for larger areas, such as the buttocks, back and
thigh region - but in application can really be used anywhere.
How to Extend the Life of my Pads
One of the
continuing costs of using a TENS device is the electrodes that are necessary for the operation of the
unit. If you have purchased your TENS unit under the umbrella of your insurance company, then
these costs are covered - but if not, then below are some helpful tips in order to prolong the use of the
- Choose the
Correct Electrode - Using the proper electrode for the target area / therapy is important, as
this will lead to less experimentation as to what is working for you and what is not. Remember, each time you
remove the electrode the gel pad is slightly compromised.
- Prepare the
Skin - Clean skin is the best preventative for any type of irritation that may arrise, so
always wash the skin prior to application with soap and water and then pat dry with a towel.
Never use lotions, alcahol, oils and creams on the skin prior to
using the electrode. If there is excess body hair, trimming (but not shaving) is often
helpful for a better adhesion of the gel pad. Remember, if discomfort or iritation occurs at the application site, either cease therapy
or move the pads to a different site.
- Electrode Removal - Remove the electrodes
from their lining by bending the protective liner at the corner slightly. Loosen the gel from the liner by gently rubbing your thumb along the edge of the TENS
electrode in an upward motion. When removing the pad from the body, lift the edge
first and then pull up slowly until removed.
"Oversaturation" - This can occur if the elctrodes are used for too long a period without
rotating. Oversaturating occurs when the gel pad absorbs too much moisture from either the skin or
atmosphere, thus lessening the physical adhesive qualities of the gel. When this happens, the electrodes
should be removed from the skin and then allowed to dry in a cool environment with the gel exposed - the
refridgerator is often ideal for this.
- Storing /
Re-hydrating - Be sure to always check the gel prior to use for tac / stickiness.
If the gel does not readily adhere to the tip of your finger,
rub a drop of water onto the gel surface and if necessary repeat until the "tac" has
returned. After use, reapply the liner to the gel side of the electrode and store in
a cool dry place, avoiding exposure to heat and humidity.
Following the above tips will extend the life of your electrode pads for a long time to