Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Pain Management - Alternative Tools
There are a variety of tools available to manage pain. One option is the use of a TENS UNIT. T.E.N. unit stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. While on medical leave I attended a physical rehabilitation class. The Physical Therapist introduced the use of a tens unit/muscle stimulator. The point of using a tens unit is to alleviate pain by sending mild electrical pulse through the skin to stimulate the nerves beneath my skin. The unit is lightweight and easy to carry. I was able to carry the unit attached to my belt, jeans, or sweater. These portable units are very convenient and an effective way of managing pain. The units are battery operated and rechargeable.
While these units are not a permanent solution to managing chronic pain, they can be incorporated with other pain management tools. The muscle stimulator can be customized in accordance at an electrical level acceptable to each individual. The therapist will set the unit at a low level, later increasing the unit to an appropriate level of stimulation. Chronic and acute radiating pain relief is managed without the use of drugs and is used in parallel with physical therapy that includes yoga, gentle stretching, later using hot and cold compression pads.
The tens unit is prescribed by a pain management doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist. A physical or occupational therapist or nurse explains the proper use (when and where to place pads). The device includes electrode pads, electrode conductive preparation spray (one can use alcohol wipes), a battery, and battery charger. The unit and accessories are available via the internet or at a medical supply retail store. Quality electrode pads contain non-irritating gels that are sticky providing comfort, reusability, and performance.
A unit, LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit /and or Muscle Stimulator is an alternative, safe, non-addictive, and effective treatment for chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about this form of managing your pain.
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I pray and hope everyone has a pain and fatigue free day.