If you suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis, sports injury, or another health complication, it can negatively impact your life in more ways than one. Aside from living in constant discomfort, the simplest tasks — putting on your shoes, bringing in the groceries, getting in and out of the car — can be overwhelming. Nevermind getting to the gym. Let’s talk about how PowerDot can help you with your pain management, as well as the exact science behind it.
First, What is Arthritis, Exactly?
To best understand how electric muscle stimulation can help you with your arthritis pain, it helps to understand what arthritis actually is. Put simply, arthritis is the swelling of your joints. People who suffer from arthritis commonly experience joint pain and stiffness, and it typically gets worse with age. It can leave the individual feeling trapped, since they’re not necessarily doing something to trigger the pain.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis. This is when the cartilage (which protects the ends of bones) breaks down, reducing that barrier in your joints. The second most common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks the joints.
Now, where does electric muscle stimulation come into the picture?
Using PowerDot for Pain Relief From Arthritis and More
For many people suffering from this kind of chronic pain, simply taking the edge off and eliminating some of the pain can make a world of difference.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Put very simply, a TENS device uses an electrical current to stimulate your sensory nerves.
But what does this have to do with pain management ? Before we get to that, we have to talk about endorphins.
The Science of Endorphins
Interestingly, if we break down the actual name, “endorphins,” we can better understand its meaning. We get this name by combining the words “endogenous” — meaning from in the body — and “morphine,” which is an opiate pain reliever.
So, endorphins are quite literally a pain reliever that comes from within your own body, making them natural and safe. They’re made in your body’s central nervous system as well as the pituitary gland, and they’re a type of neurochemical consisting of peptides.
Endorphins help with pain relief by acting on the opiate receptors of your brain. In doing so, they minimize pain and increase pleasure. Your body naturally releases endorphins when you experience pain or stress. Eating and fitness will also give them a boost.
It stands to reason, then, that when you’re in significant pain — whether it’s from arthritis, injury, or something else entirely — boosting your endorphins should help alleviate it.
And that’s where TENS comes in.
How to Use Your TENS Device for Pain Management
TENS is actually nothing new. Doctors, therapists, and coaches have been using these types of devices for decades. Furthermore, they’re available over-the-counter (although most devices aren’t FDA-approved).
Now, when you use a TENS device at a low frequency, it stimulates the release of endorphins. By this point, you understand why this is so good for management of chronic pain.
When you use your TENS device at a high frequency, it blocks pain signals from reaching your brain. This is called the Gate Theory.
The Gate Theory posits that along the spinal cord (which is the meeting point for nerves all over the body) has a series of “gates.” These gates are open to pain messages coming from all around your body.
Sometimes, the gates are more “open” than they would otherwise be. Factors that can open the gates are stress and a lack of activity. The more open your gates are, the more pain that you’re likely to feel and experience. Your body is just more receptive to it.
Other times, your gates are more “closed.” Relaxation and physical activity can encourage them to close, along with — you probably guessed it — TENS. TENS encourages your gates to close, which means that fewer pain signals get through and you ultimately experience less pain. Thus, TENS is a safe, natural, effective form of management of chronic pain.
PowerDot’s Smart TENS Unit
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not difficult to find over-the-counter TENS devices. However, quality control is a concern. PowerDot’s Smart TENS, however, is FDA-approved and trusted by everyone from stay-at-home moms to professional athletes for pain relief.
Because all of us experience pain differently, why should pain management be a one-size-fits-all approach? It shouldn’t, and PowerDot is here to change the game. Our device allows you to create a custom pain relief program. Start by selecting the area of your pain. Then, confirm the type of pain, such as chronic pain, acute, or injury-related. Next, set your pain score or tolerance.
PowerDot then uses its proprietary algorithms to take all of this information and design your customized pain relief program, designed specifically to meet your needs and goals.
As you use our Smart TENS for pain management, you can track your individual pain score per body part over time, making it easy to monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed.
PowerDot’s TENS unit is safe and gentle enough to use on a regular basis, long-term, meaning you’ve got in your hands a solution to your constant discomfort. Furthermore, it’s compact and easy to carry with you, meaning pain relief goes wherever you go. Bring it to work. Bring it on your next flight. TSA won’t mind.
Maybe you’ve been in pain for a long time. Maybe it’s relatively new but already a huge disruption day-to-day. Improve the quality of your life with Smart TENS.
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