How to use TENS for labour
How do I use my Elle Tens Plus
- Start using your tens as early as possible, to maximise the building of those pain fighting endorphins
- Attach the electrodes to your mid and lower back; two above the panty line (approx 4 cm either side of spine and 4-5cm below navel line), and two below the bra strap (approx 4 cm either side of spine and 4-5 cm above navel line)
- Attach the electrodes to the leadwires and then into the top of the TENS, channel 1 for both of the pads on the bra line, and channel 2 for the pads on the panty line
- Ensure the TENS is in 'Birth' mode
- The machine will send pulses of electrical signals through skin to nerves. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, it can take a few seconds to adjust to the feeling but is quite painless and after a while you will barely notice it.
- The 'Opti-Max Key' controls the depth of pulses and the 'Channel' keys adjust the intensity of the pulse for each electrode pad. Start at the lowest setting and turn it up as your labour progresses.
- During contractions you press the ‘boost’ button which sends a more constant buzz through your lower back, blocking the pain of each contraction AND the Elle Tens is the only tens available which will simultaneously time your contraction so you can easily track the progression of your labour all on one device
- To recall your contraction history simultaneously press CH1 and CH2 buttons to display your last 5 contractions. BCT stands for 'between contraction times' and CT stands for 'contraction time'; the length the contraction is lasting. Use the Opti-Max button to scroll through previous sets of contraction times.
- The electrode pads are re-usable and can easily be removed and reattached. Just replace the backing onto the sticky pad whilst not in use and ensure that your skin is clean and dry before reattaching
- As your labour progresses and the contractions become more intense the TENS will not be able to block all of the pain, however TENS can be safely used in conjunction with any other pain relief medication or method (other than water)