Electrode Placement for Electric Stimulation Charts

EMS Electrode Pad Placement Charts

The diagrams below can be used as a guide to demonstrate where to place pads on different muscle groups during your EMS treatment. Please Note: consult a doctor/healthcare professional before using an Electric Muscle Stimulator. 

How to Place the Electrodes

  • Connect the electrodes to the lead wires that come with your machine
  • When using Self-Adhesive Electrodes (Sticky Pads): simply place the pads on your skin
  • If you are using Carbon Flex Electrodes (Rubber Pads): Wet the side of the pad that will be touching your skin and secure the pads with Velcro straps.

Where to Place the Electrodes

  • Choose the muscle group(s) you want to treat
  • Each wire has 2 leads: Positive (Red) and Negative (Black)
  • Correspond the pad placement to the letters that are shown in the appropriate guide(s) below.

As illustrated in the diagrams, each wire would connect to the same letter in red and black.

Example: Wire/Channel 1 = “A” Red and “A” Black

ABDOMINALS

electrode pad placement chart for abdominal muscles

OBLIQUES

electrode pad placement chart for oblique muscles

TRAPEZIUS

electrode pad placement for trapezius muscles

LATISSIMUS DORSI

electrode pad placement chart for latissimus dorsi

BICEPS

electrode pad placement chart for biceps

TRICEPS

electrode pad placement chart for triceps

FRONT DELTOIDS

electrode pad placement front deltoids

REAR DELTOIDS

electrode pad placement for rear deltoids

VASTUS MEDIALIS

electrode pad placement for vastus medialis

VASTUS LATERALIS

electrode pad placement for vastus lateralis

QUADRICEPS & GRACILIS

electrode pad placement chart for quadriceps and gracilis muscles

HAMSTRINGS

electrode pad placement chart for hamstring muscles

GLUTEUS MAXIMUS

electrode pad placement for gluteus maximus

CALVES

electrode pad placement chart for calves

FOREARMS

electrode pad placement chart for forearms