How do you keep re-using tens machine if pads are loosing their stickiness??!

(15 Posts)
milkmummy1 Tue 06-Oct-09 13:20:56

I brought a tens machine which i want to use now that I am in this prolonged unestablished labour stage at home. Id only used my tens machine for one night when already the pads have lost their stickiness and one has fallen off! The replacement pads are quite expensive at £7 a pair. What did other people do about this? I know it sounds silly question but can you stick over the top with plaster or selotape? I have a long way to go yet and need my tens! Plus im on my own today and cant get to the chemist even if i wanted to!!

pofacedandproud Tue 06-Oct-09 13:22:29

you can buy just the tens gel for the pads from boots. Boots own make.

pofacedandproud Tue 06-Oct-09 13:23:01

i wouldn't stick them on with plaster, added pressure might feel odd.

Yes, stick them on with tape (use that white sticky stuff that isn't quite a plaster - can't remember the right word for it). The midwives stuck mine on when I was in labour with dd as they kept falling off.

milkmummy1 Tue 06-Oct-09 13:38:38

thats a good idea about the gel, also the white plaster. Im contracting every night (nothing in the day) and the midwife said it could take days til baby comes so am relying on the tens for my home pain relief. thank you!

Sparklytwinkletoes Tue 06-Oct-09 16:34:27

I have a distant memory that if they lose their sticking power, wiping them over with just a damp (not wet!) cloth and allowing them to thoroughly air dry before use, as well as making sure your skin is clean and dry before application (i.e. not sweaty) can be done to 're-vitalise' them.

Please don't fry yourself though!!!

Sparklytwinkletoes Tue 06-Oct-09 16:36:41

Just found this extract on <<the website that shall not be named netmums>> which is along the same lines..

If you have a tens machine that has self adhesive pads which have lost there stickiness, it is sometimes possible to re- activate the sticky by using a small paint brush (eg from a childrens painting set) and clean tap water. paint a little on and the pad all over and allow it to sit for a few minutes the gel will absorb the water and become sticky again.
If you put too much on then leave the pad in a cool place for a while (I once had to leave over night as I was too generous with application),this can be repeated several times so you do not have to buy new pads every time they appear to dry out. Although eventually it will cease to work.
Always store the pads on the holder supplied by manufacturer. I found that using self sealing sandwich bags works well to keep them sticky longer.
I got this tip from a physiotherapist friend. I have been using tens on a regular basis for nearly ten years as I have chronic low back pain and arthritis. I have only once in ten years had to renew my pads.

Hope it works for you - am hoping to need my tens machine very, very soon!!!

pofacedandproud Tue 06-Oct-09 17:12:08

good luck with the birth!

mepore tape

cheerfulvicky Tue 06-Oct-09 17:41:13

yes, I was going to say - micropore tape. White thin tape, can buy in first aid section of superdrug, boots etc. The hospital gave me a roll when I asked because my TENS pads kept falling off grin It was very helpful!

pofacedandproud Tue 06-Oct-09 17:57:46

No you shouldn't stick them on with tape if the y are dry and don't have enough gel. It won't conduct the current properly and may prickle. You need to get the gel to make them work properly. Stick on with tape if they are falling off, but not if they are totally dry.

herethereandeverywhere Tue 06-Oct-09 21:40:32

Buy replacement pads. They sell them in Boots.

chadknight Thu 22-Oct-09 19:45:15

what about putting a layer of a gel or oil on the pad? something that could carry the electric pulse through and keep a tight connection to the skin?

donnakebabnew Wed 23-Mar-11 09:35:05

I used a Tens from a hire company called www.babytens.net and didnt seem to have any problem with reusing the pads serveral times.

HTH

stephandjonny Sat 09-Feb-13 16:23:33

Agree with most of the advice already given, in addition you can revive the tens pads by storing them overnight in the fridge. Using gel can also be effective but ensure it is specifically for use with Tens pads otherwise it may damage them. It is important to remember that the pads vary in quality so be sure to buy tens pads of good quality. My sister bought some from these guys www.hcwhealth.com and she really liked them. (If you knew my sister you would appreciate what an achievement that is!)

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