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A Nautural Pain Relief Method!
Lloydspharmacy Dual Channel TENS Machine
Member Name: kimbles245
Lloydspharmacy Dual Channel TENS Machine
Advantages: 9 different modes, 8 different intensities, natural pain relief with no need for tablets
Disadvantages: Don't put it on your hand as it will make your muscles go funny
As I suffer with Hypermobility Syndrome I live in constant pain. Some days it can be a dull ache in my lower spine but on other days I can be in so much pain in all my joints that it can make me sick. As I am trying not to rely on Pain Killer as to be fair I am only 27 and if I have to rely on strong drugs now there is no hope for me when I get older and the arthritis starts to kick in as well so I do try to use as many alternative pain relief methods as I can. Some work fantastically but others are not so good. Investing in a new Tens Machine was the best decision I have made for ages.
Firstly let me explain a bit about Hypermobility Syndrome as I know a lot of you are probably wondering what it is, I sure knew that I hadn't heard of it before I was diagnosed. Hypermobility Syndrome is where my connective tissue proteins such as collagen are differently formed to most. My joints, muscles, tendons and even ligaments are laxer and more delicate than most people's which result in vulnerability to them leading to pain and easier injury. Unfortunately the Collagen in my skin also produces too quickly causing me to scar severely, bruise easier and get abscesses constantly.
HMS was a condition I was born with and unfortunately will have for the rest of my life. I can bend my knee's backwards more than 40 degrees more than I am supposed to, have severe lower back pain, shoulder pain and even the simple task of sneezing or yawning can have the worst consequences on my neck and shoulders. As you can imagine as well the minus 20 nights with the weather do not help, the cold makes me extremely worse and I am hating this snow for what affect it is having on my hands and fingers. One of the alternative methods in pain relief that I am using constantly at the moment is my Lloyds Pharmacy Dual Tens Machine.
What is a Tens Machine?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or Tens for short is to enable an application of electrical current through the skin to relieve pain. The item is connected to the skin using two or more electrodes which when placed in the affected area produce a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulation to relieve the most acute or chronic pain.
What can Tens be used for?
Many studies how shown the level of relief for problems such as osteoarthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, Joint pain such as Hypermobility Syndrome, Knee pain, Shoulder pain and even as a pain relief in Labour.
What does the Lloyds Pharmacy Tens Machine look like?
It is a battery operated hand held unit that is about palm height and width. It has rubber sides on to enable easier holding for people that suffer with their hands. And due to its size it is easier to carry around, I just pop mine into my pocket or clip it onto the waist band of my trousers. On the front then is the Digital screen with the timer for how long the machine has been in use for, what mode and intensity you have got it on. Just below the screen then is the buttons used to control the functions. At the top of the machine is where the electrodes plug in and the back is where the batteries are.
Mode - you can have 9 different modes to the machine which each have various pulses. They have various uses and give different sensations. I always use it on the fifth mode which feels like tiny pin pricks to relax my muscles.
Intensity - There are 8 different intensity modes with number 1 being the weakest and 8 being the strongest. I never get over 6 as it seems to make my body twitch of it's own accord if I go over. However funny it is at the time it does hurt and would look quite strange if I was to walk down the street randomly twitching.
Price and Availability -
I paid £19.99 for the Tens when it was on a half price off in Lloyds Pharmacy. It generally retails at £39.99.
How effective for pain relief is the machine and my verdict -
As a sufferer of chronic pain I would give the Tens 4 out of 5. It relaxes my muscles when I need it to and relieves the pain from Chronic to a dull ache. I wear the machine for longer than the 15 minute timer in one go, usually for about 45 minutes and I can honestly say it does exactly what it says it does.
The wires with the machine are so easily hidden and as you put it in your pocket I also wear the machine when I am out and about. Especially when I am doing my shopping. As the pads are hidden under your clothes only you will know it is there. I however have put the intensity on too high whilst in Morrison's and had quite a few odd looks whilst squiggling in the aisle. I even use it to do my everyday house work which would be a mission and cause lots of pain if I didn't have the tiny electrodes coursing through my back.
I would talk to your Physio or Doctor before using the machine just to ensure it is useful to yourself, but as you can buy it over the counter it is such a useful natural method without the use of painkillers.
I would definitely recommend them to all sufferers of back pain and really couldn't function in everyday life without this little machine sent from heaven.
Summary: I would recommend this to any back pain sufferer
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