Ever since I was a child, I have suffered from scoliosis back pain, and recently, my knees have started acting up. I hate taking NSAIs because of the side effects, and I just don’t like to put drugs into my body.
For a long time, I would just have Michael massage my back when it started acting up, but since he is now working full time and going to school, it’s been hard to get any relief for my back. Then a few months ago, my mom broke her ankle and had to start going to therapy to help get motion back. They used a machine in her therapy called a Tens unit. This is basically a machine that has electrodes that attaches to whatever body part is tense, and uses electric pulses to stimulate the muscles. I knew right away that is what I was going to need for my back.
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I ended up getting the PM-120 tens unit from Santamedical on Amazon to review. This is a pretty cool little unit. It has 6 stimulation modes, each imitating a different massage type. The strength of the electric pulses is easily and gently changed with the buttons on the front. One of the best parts is you can attach up to 4 electrodes to the unit. That means more area of the muscle can be stimulated at one time. I personally like to use two on my back, and if my knee is bothering me, I put the other two on my knee. There is also a self timer on the unit. It has a default setting to 20 minutes, but it can be changed from anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes. The very best part of the whole unit is how small it is. It is about the same size as a small MP3 player (or like the 1st gen iPod nano), so it would easily fit in a travel case or purse if you needed to use the tens unit on the go or while traveling. If you want to read more about the PM-120 tens unit from Santamedical, you can find it on Amazon here.
For my knee that I have been using two different compression sleeves. One I reviewed a few months ago here, and my new one that I got to review is an Tourmaline infused compression sleeve that emits infrared pain relief from Tayere. I, honestly, don’t 100% understand how this works, but here is the jist of it. The tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral, and it has been shown to produce a weak electrical charge, giving it magnetic field properties, which is what enables it to produce and emit Far Infrared Rays and negative ions. That somehow causes a warming effect that is supposed to penetrate deep into the muscles and tissues. I know that the compression sleeve feels great when I put it on my knee. I love how the sleeve fits nicely under pants and shorts. It will wick away moisture so you don’t have to worry about becoming over warm wearing it. However, I can’t wear it long because it’s a little too tight on my thigh, which makes my leg hurt after I wear it for a long time. If you want to read more about all the awesome features of this knee compression sleeve, you can check it out on Amazon here.
Overall, I do love both the tens unit from Santamedical and the knee compression sleeve from Teyere Therapeutics. They offer medication free pain relief, which is completely AWESOME. I really enjoyed reviewing these two products, and I hope to find more natural ways to relieve pain soon.