Product Review: Care TENS Unit
“You are going to stick what where and then put electricity through it to help my pain levels?” was my first reaction to a tens unit when used during physical therapy. The idea of putting patches with electrodes on my shoulder or any where on my body and then running electricity through it for fun had me seriously questioning what was left of my sanity. It turned out to be the best decision I have made to date, pain management wise.
TENS is a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulation intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic. For home devices, it requires a doctor’s prescription and you must be under the care of a physician. Not exactly a problem for those of us handling chronic diseases. Your doctor or physical therapist shows you exactly where to put the patches and you determine the level of intensity depending on how bad your pain is on any given day. The home devices are portable so you can take it with you, inside and outside.
The price will vary based on model and type of health insurance you carry. but most offices I have noticed will work with you. For myself, it has brought my pain levels down to more manageable levels and made my days at least a little better. Now if they just invent a device to raise my energy levels without all the side effects, I would be set.
I give this product 5 spoons for ease of use and pain relief. http://www.carerehab.com/tens.html
Article written by staff writer, Christina Stevens
Christina is married with 3 young children while managing moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. While technically a stay at home mom, she volunteers as instructor chair for a weekend event with Women in the Outdoors, an amateur radio operator and writer. You can find her on twitter at @ss_sunset or on Facebook at CSSunset.