A woman treating her Lumbago with Compex electrostimulation

Lower back pain (lumbago) is the most common type of spinal pain and affects a large portion of the population, including athletes and also fitness enthusiasts alike.

Runners predisposed to experiencing lower back pain (with a history of lumbago) would benefit from including sessions of electrostimulation, using the Lumbago program, in their training regimen. This helps enhance the supportive and stabilising qualities of their abdominal and lower back muscles and also prevents disruptive episodes of lower back pain.

When lower back pain is present, it often shows as persistent contractions of the paravertebral lumbar muscles called spasms. These can be effectively alleviated using the Lumbago program. This program directly targets pain by stimulating the body's natural production of endorphins and also by increasing local blood flow. This aids in the removal of accumulated acidic waste in the muscles.

How to use the a Compex Muscle Stimulator to Target Lower Back Pain (Lumbago)

Wireless Device

Wired Device


Lumbago (or Muscle Relaxation depending on the Compex model)

Treatment Duration

2 to 3 weeks.

Consult a doctor if no improvement is observed after the first week of use.

Treatment Procedure

At least one session daily. Ideally, two sessions per day with a minimum of 10 minutes rest between sessions.

Electrode Placement

Place the two positive modules (red connections or ON button on the module) on the most tender points of the muscles, with the electrodes placed here:

Wireless Placement

Electrode Placement for the Lower Back on a wireless Compex device

Wired Placement

Electrode Placement for the Lower Back on a wired Compex device

Body Position

Position yourself in the most comfortable neutral position.

Adjusting Intensity

Desired effect: Achieve visible muscle twitches while remaining comfortable.

Increase the intensity until you have a muscle response similar to a beat or a strong vibration, known as muscle twitches. This muscle activity acts like a pump because it leads to significant increase in blood flow in the stimulated muscle to help fight lumbago pain. As intensity increases, the muscle beat becomes more pronounced until it reaches a maximum muscle response level. You can increase the intensity beyond this, but it doesn't provide more benefits.

For devices with mi-RANGE technology, the optimal intensity zone is displayed on the screen:


On SP 4.0, a small bracket indicates the optimal zone. Maintain the intensity within this bracket and ideally at its maximum level.

With the FIT 5.0 and SP 6.0, increase the intensity until "optimal intensity level found" is shown. If the stimulation is comfortable, you can also raise the intensity slightly for more visible muscle twitches.

On SP 8.0, the mi-AUTORANGE function adjusts the intensity automatically. Once the optimal intensity is found, "optimal intensity level found" will be shown. Increase the intensity slightly for more visible muscle twitches if the stimulation is comfortable.

Do not ignore pain. Consult a doctor if the lumbago pain is severe and/or lasts for too long.

A man treating his lumbago with Compex electrostimulation

Proven Effectiveness

Backed by clinical studies proving their effectiveness, Compex stimulators also belong to the category of Class II medical devices and meet the requirements of the European Medical Standard 93/42 EEC.

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