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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6 Tips for Boosting Endorphins – The Body’s Natural Painkillers

Patients are learning to play a more proactive role in their own rehabilitation and, in the process, some are discovering an extra ally in the fight against pain. This natural aide comes in the form of tiny molecules that help boost the body’s ability to block pain signals. If this sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. There’s real science behind endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers.

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Traction is a Top Treatment Option for Cervical Conditions

With neck pain affecting a significant portion of US adults – 1 in 7 civilians and 1 in 5 Veterans – it’s no wonder that cervical issues appear in many provider patient populations. If not part of your practitioner treatment plan today, cervical traction is a therapy worthy of consideration and can be optimized to the patient’s needs in clinic or at home.

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