How to Compare TENS Units – A Review of Price & Performance

Not surprisingly, there’s a wide range of prices for TENS units, and those are influenced by the performance – that is, the sophistication of a device’s features and the variety of programs it offers. Prices range from under $100 to several thousand dollars, but picking the right device doesn’t have to be challenging with a bit of guidance about how to compare units.

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Kelly Regains Flexibility with the RS-4i Plus®

Working as a carpenter and serving in the military left Kelly with joint pain and arthritis. Shortly after transitioning to civilian life, she was also diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer. Treatment left her unable to turn her neck or tilt her head. Today, with the aid of an RS-4i Plus, she’s able to find relief and has regained some flexibility. She’s also been able to pursue a degree in yoga training.

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Getting the Longest Life from Your Electrode Pads

A key element to enjoying the benefits of pain relief and/or muscle rehab from an RS-4i Plus or other transcutaneous electrotherapy (TENS) device is having a supply of quality electrodes to use with it. Making sure to hold electrode pads lightly at the edge when applying them and keeping them on the storage liners between treatments are just two ways to get the most life out of your electrodes. Read on to learn more.

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The Connection Between Pain & PTSD

While the notion of PTSD has been with us for generations, it’s gained prominence as a national health concern over the past two decades. Symptoms can vary widely, and often include anxiety, depression and agitation. Studies also show that pain is commonly reported in people suffering from PTSD. The good news, though, is that there can be real, life-changing benefits to combating chronic pain. Learn this and more lifestyle tips for coping.

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Examining Hyperalgesia – A Heightened Sensitivity to Pain

It’s hard to believe, but scientists say it actually is possible to experience more pain as a result of taking opioids – especially high doses over long periods. This is due to changes the drugs cause in the chemical signaling within the central nervous system – making the body generally more sensitive to painful stimuli. The resulting condition is called opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH).

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How to Compare TENS Units – A Review of 5 Signal Types

Knowing that all TENS units are different is a start to learning about transcutaneous electrotherapy. Each of the 5 signal types commonly offered by TENS units is “tuned” for a different purpose – for instance, causing a muscle to contract or preventing a nerve from transmitting pain signals. This presents a guide to understanding the therapeutic value of each signal and is the first step to determining the best device for the patient.

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Kate Relieves Her Sciatic Nerve Pain

Constant pain from the middle of her back down her left leg to her toes took a serious toll on Kate’s health. Luckily, she was able to get her independence back after she added the RS-4i Plus to her treatments. She takes one pill twice daily to help with the pain, in addition to using the RS-4i Plus. She can now do many of the things she couldn’t do before – like driving.

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Exploring the Gate Control Theory of Pain

The Gate Control Theory of Pain says that pain sensations are involved in an intricate series of communications between the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Sitting in between are a series of “gates” that can either transmit or block pain signals. Science has shown that hyper-stimulating certain nerve fibers can help close these gates, and therapies such as massage, acupuncture and electrotherapy are all thought to be effective ways of temporarily inhibiting pain signals.

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