Product Type: Lloyds Pain Relief
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Lloyds Tens Machine Digital Pain Reliever
Member Name: alyson29
Lloyds Tens Machine Digital Pain Reliever
Date: 13/05/10, updated on 26/02/11 (302 review reads)
Advantages: Extremely easy to use.
I was involved in a car accident a few years ago and ever since have suffered with terrible lower back pain. I've tried acupuncture, physiotherapy and visited a chiropractor; none of which worked for me.
When I initially had my accident TENS machines were extremely expensive and cost well over £100 and as I had heard so many negative things about them it had never crossed my mind to try one.
Whilst I was collecting a prescription from Lloyds Pharmacy around 4 months ago, I saw their TENS Machine Digital Pain Reliever for sale at £14.99 and decided it wasn't a lot of money to lose if it didn't work for me.
For those of you who are not sure of what a TENS machine actually does, it provides electrical impulses into the body through the attached pads. As a result, it blocks the body's pain signals and encourages the body to produce endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers.
TENS machines are suitable for temporary pain relief such as back pain, sciatica, strains and sprains etc. However, they are unsuitable for people who have a pace maker or implanted medical devices or for those with heart rhythm problems. They should not be used by anyone under the age of 16 years. The machine should not be used during pregnancy or labour.
I wrongly assumed TENS machines were huge bulky items that had to be used in the comfort of your own home. However, I couldn't have been more wrong! The unit is 12 cms long, 5 cms wide with a depth of approximately 2 cms. It's made from an extremely sturdy white plastic and has a detachable belt clip on the reverse. It requires two AAA batteries, but unfortunately, these were not supplied in the box.
The machine is extremely easy to use and has a digital display screen and when switched on will show a timer, the intensity of the electrical impulses and a selection of 8 different modes. There are three switches on the unit - on, off and mode/stop.
I won't address all of the different modes as it's quite detailed, but basically you choose the appropriate mode dependent on your pain and where on your body you will be using the unit. The machine I own has two pads connected to a 3 and a half feet cable, which clips into the top of the machine.
To use, you simply stick the adhesive pads to the affected part of your body and select the appropriate mode and time. The machine will time your use and automatically switch off once finished.
When I first tried the machine, I used the lowest mode and built up to what I was comfortable with. As I had never used a TENS machine before I was a little taken back when the electrical impulses touched my body. They felt very similar to slight twangs of an elastic band and weren't at all painful. If you find yourself wincing each time the machine gives you an electrical impulse you need to reduce the strength.
The machine is so discreet and I have used it in work on many occasions. I simply clip the device onto the waistband of my trousers and hide the cable underneath my top. No-one need know you are using the machine.
The instant relief was unbelievable and whilst the machine only provides temporary relief, I was pain-free for many hours.
There are quite a few do's and don't with regard to the operating and use of this machine, such as you should not use it for more than 15 minutes at a time and you must not use for more than three times a day.
Whilst checking on Lloyds website for the current price of this machine, I noticed it is now half price at just £7.49. Replacement pads are available from Lloyds at a cost of £7.99 for a pack of 4.
I would highly recommend this fantastic pain-relieving little device, but would suggest that you firstly check it is suitable for you, particularly if you suffer with any medical problems. It well deserves 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: Provides temporary pain relief within minutes.
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