5 At-Home Pain Solutions

June 28th, 2018

Are you tired and fed-up with your pain? More than 100 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain every single day. Enough is enough! Take matters into your own hands with these 5 at-home remedies that could completely change your pain, and ultimately your life.

1. TENS Unit

Tens Unit

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Basically, that’s a long and complicated way of saying this unit uses a low electric current to help relieve pain by stimulating the muscle. Simply hook up the electrodes to the area where you’re experiencing pain and let the current stimulate the muscle.

2. Heat Therapy

Heat Therapy

Whether it’s a hot bath or a home-made heating pad (you can make one with household items!), heat is an effective at-home remedy for pain. That’s because heat stimulates your sensory receptors. That means the heat will decrease the transmission of pain signals headed toward your brain, and ultimately help relieve the pain.

3. At-Home Ultrasound

At-Home Ultrasound

You don’t need to make repeated trips to the doctor to experience the benefits of an ultrasound. Instead, you can invest in an at-home ultrasound unit. This machine can be used for a variety of purposes, such as treating inflammation, muscle spasms, & increasing range of motion. These machines are so easy you can operate them yourself!

4. Over the Counter Topical Ointments

Creams, ointments, & gels can be used at home to provide pain relief. Simply apply to your skin on the area where you’re experiencing pain and let the ingredients go to work. While the ingredients in different products vary, some common ingredients

a. Counterirritants (like menthol, for a burning then cooling sensation to distract from pain)

b. Capsaicin (causes a burning sensation, same ingredient found in chili peppers)

c. Salicylates (same ingredient that is found in aspirin)

Over the counter topical ointments

5. Stretch Tutorials

We live in an information age, so use your resources! There’s a world of helpful information waiting at your fingertips. Head online to find free tutorials to help relieve different types of pain through stretching. Yoga is a great natural remedy to help with muscle soreness and back pain.

Stretch Tutorials

It’s time to take pain relief back into your hands! Try one or multiple of these treatments to help live your life pain-free. Your body will thank you.

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May 2nd, 2013

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Feel Better Fast with E-Stim Units

January 8th, 2013

One of the biggest problems in dealing with medical rehabilitation is that the patients have frequently been bedridden or have been immobilized in full or in part for some period of time. This lack of activity leads to muscular atrophy, which can take an extremely long period of time to recover from. One way of defeating this loss of muscle tone is through the process of electrical muscular stimulation, or e-stim as it is commonly known.

E-stim Units from LG Med Supply

E-stim Units from LG Med Supply

E-stim units are simply low voltage generators that put out a benign current which is enough to trigger nerve signals to the muscles but not enough to harm the patient. E-stim units generally have several different electrodes available, which are applied to the area of the body to be stimulated on a spot covered with a hypoallergenic gel. This gel keeps the electrodes snugly in place and also serves as a superior conductor that more easily transfers current from the e-stim unit to the muscle group it is intended to treat.

The e-stim current itself is administered in the form of a gentle pulsation that triggers the muscles to contract and release at rapid intervals. These cycles provide a form of involuntary muscular exercise that does not require any physical or mental effort on the part of the patient. In addition to its use as a rehabilitative tool, e-stim units are often used in chiropractic treatment to relax tight muscle groups prior to their being worked on by the doctor.

E-stim units provide a generally pleasant sensation at lower settings and can easily put the patient to sleep in much the same way as a good massage will do. At higher settings, it can be anything from a sharp tickle to a nearly unwelcome shock that is very effective but hardly restful. For those unfamiliar with it, the feel of a cell phone set on vibrate is not dissimilar to the sensation created.

Why Quality TENS Electrodes Are Crucial To TENS Use

December 13th, 2012

A TENS unit is a medical equipment that is used as part of pain management by helping block pain signals to the brain. TENS is an abbreviation of the longer term, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation that is primarily used to help ease pain after a medical operation, control joint and muscle pains and even manage chronic pain. The therapy involves utilizing a TENS unit electrode that are attached unto the skin which then emits a very weak electrical current. The current then passes unto the skin and into the nerve endings underneath.

TENS Electrodes placed on a body

TENS Electrodes placed on a body

The TENS electrodes are then attached to a TENS Unit which is a small battery powered devise wherein the weak electrical signals are generated. The intensity of the small electrical shock can be controlled on the TENS unit as well as the duration and the frequency of the shock. The electrical current generated by the TENS unit replaces the pain signals that is being sent by the nerve endings unto the brain in a way blocking them. Depending on the degree of the electrical current, a high frequency helps to block pain signals while a low frequency helps in the release of endorphins.  A TENS unit cannot be used by everyone. For instance, those who happen to have pacemakers are not allowed to use TENS therapy since the electrical signal can interrupt the pacemakers function. Those who are sensitive to even the slightest electrical shock are also not allowed.

A TENS unit electrode should be of high quality to get the most out of the electrical charge generated from a TENS unit. The efficacy and effectiveness of the TENS therapy highly depends on the quality of the TENS electrodes since these are the components that are attached unto the skin in pads. The electrodes should be able to transmit the electrical signals being generated by the unit effectively unto the pad ends attached on the skin and down under the nerves for effective stimulation and pain management. Using electrodes of dubious quality might pose unnecessary risks to an individual receiving the treatment and can even damage a TENS unit altogether.

Can Elderly Patients Use TENS Pain Units Safely?

October 23rd, 2012

While the use of any medical procedure should be approved by a physician, many doctors believe that a TENS machine is generally a safe alternative to pain medication for elderly patients. Instead of relying on countless drugs to trick the body into experiencing less pain, the TENS procedure may actually help to eliminate pain at the source.

What is TENS?

TENS is an acronym that stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Transcutaneous means “through the skin.” To use a TENS machine, the patient applies self adhesive electrodes to the area affected with pain. These electrodes then deliver small, persistent electric stimulation to the pain-stricken area. This electrical stimulation affects the nerves that are delivering pain signals to the brain. In many cases, pain can be relieved for days at a time with just a single session of TENS treatment.

Who Can Use TENS for Pain Relief?

There are no hard and fast rules regarding the safety of the TENS procedure. For most people, even the elderly, TENS units are recommended as a safe alternative to medication. Taking pain medication day in and day out can be taxing on the body and even dangerous. Powerful pain relievers sometimes carry a risk of dependency, while the TENS machine uses simple electrical pulses to relieve pain. There is no risk of dependency, no harsh side effects, and no mind-altering effects. This procedure has been used since the first century, when ancient Greeks used electric eels and fish to eliminate pain in the body.

Who Should Not Use TENS?

Because TENS relies on electrical pulses to stimulate nerve activity and relieve pain, it is not safe for everyone. There are some individuals who will have adverse effects from even the smallest electrical pulses applied through the skin using a TENS machine. Epileptic patients should not use a TENS pain reliever because the electrical pulses can trigger dangerous seizures. Similarly, patients with a pacemaker cannot safely use TENS. A pacemaker keeps the heart beating regularly by constantly stimulating it with electrical signals. A TENS machine can disrupt these signals and cause the heart to stutter, skip, or even stop. In fact, it is generally suggested that patients with any heart defects at all avoid the use of a TENS machine.

As with any pain treatment, it is important to consult with a physician to determine whether or not one is a good candidate for pain relief through a TENS procedure. Many different factors can affect the safety of the TENS electrical stimulation, but thousands of elderly patients have found relief without medication through the TENS procedure.