Hamstring strains are common and painful; and they can strike athletes of all sorts.

During a hamstring strain, one or more of these 4 muscles gets overloaded. The muscles might even start to tear. You're likely to get a hamstring strain during activities that involve a lot of running and jumping or sudden stopping and starting.

Getting a hamstring strain is also more likely if the muscles in the front of your thigh (the quadriceps) are tight as they pull your pelvis forward and tighten the hamstrings. Another reason might be weak gluteal muscles. Glutes and hamstrings work together and if the glutes are weak, hamstrings can be over loaded and become strained.

Mild hamstring strains may not hurt too much. But severe ones can be agonizing, making it impossible to walk or even stand. Pain may be accompanied by tenderness and bruising.

Minor to moderate hamstring strains eventually heal on their own. To speed the process, you can rest, manage the pain, stretch and apply electrotherapy. In severe cases where the muscle is torn, you may need surgery.

SportsMed TENS therapy for Hamstring strain

After a diagnosis of mild to moderate hamstring strain your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of a moderate hamstring injury.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - between visits to the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with calf muscle strengthening.

User guide

Please read the User Guide which comes with your TENS unit

Pad placement - Hamstring injuries

Pain relief - place pads where they are comfortable and most effective for pain relief

Injury healing - pads are placed at the location of the injury

Muscle rehabilitation - the generic advice is to place one pad at the top of the muscle and the second pad one-third along the length of the muscle you wish to strengthen. You may need to consult your physiotherapist for specific guidance on which muscles to target.

hamstring TENS and EMS

hamstring TENS and EMS


If you have any questions please phone our office for further advice.