Pain relief isn’t something that can be easily achieved sometimes. I can speak from experience, that pain exists, and sometimes no matter what you do, nothing brings relief. Throughout my life, I have survived some horrendous accidents and have suffered from pain because of them. The iTENS creates an alternative to over-the-counter drugs, and topical creams and ointments that might bring you temporary relief for a short period of time. Why not try a treatment that might give you better, long-term results?
Before I started blogging, I was an EMT/Paramedic for 24 years, and before that I was a veteran of the U.S. Army. I really had to give up being a Paramedic because of pain. In October of 1998, I had a 4000 pound passenger van fall on me during a rescue, while I was working with Cleveland EMS, in Cleveland, Ohio. Things changed drastically that day in my life. I was told by many doctors that my career as a Paramedic was over, and that I needed to consider going on disability. I wasn’t quite ready to settle for that answer, and found a doctor and a physical therapist who believed enough in me to take that road with me. I was 29, and just didn’t feel I had given enough yet, and didn’t want to give up what I loved doing most.
Part of the therapy I received used a tens unit as part of my daily regimen to try and get better. In that time, having a unit like that at home for everyday use was not even a thought back then. It took a year of the worst pain that I have ever had to endure to find a way to come back to work. I worked another 13 years past that incident, but with a pain of about 6 or 7 out of 10 everyday. A few years ago before I ever considered starting my blog, the pain rose to a 10 daily. I couldn’t take it anymore, it was unbearable, and I was passing out at work because of it. I hung my boots up for the last time, and faced the harsh reality that my days as a Paramedic were over. I have just started to accept it recently, but suffer pain in several areas where over-the-counter and even some prescription medications fail to give me any relief what-so-ever.
The fine people over at iTENS offered me an opportunity to review one of their products, and I have to say that it has now been added to be one of my favorite gadgets so far this year.
What does TENS stand for? it stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
The iTENS device is the world’s first FDA-cleared, true wireless TENS therapy device that is controlled with an IOS or Android based app. No prescription is needed for this approved over-the-counter, drug-free way to combat pain.
In the picture below, you can see the charging base for the unit. This is where the brains of the unit sits to be charged before and after use. The iTENS unit can then be attached to either the small or large wings depending on the body part or area you want covered.
Everything was pretty easy to set up. For best effective use, ensuring that the device is fully charged will give optimal results. Following the directions provided are easy, and you will be getting use out of the device in no time.
I attached it to my right ankle as the first trial run, and to get use to the features of what the iTENS is capable of. Once you have the iTENS app installed on your phone, mine went on my android based phone, syncing it to the unit was extremely easy.
I took a screenshot of the app below, so that you can see some of the different features it has. Once I selected the body part, in this case, my ankle, the timer started from 30 minutes, and you are able to adjust the amount of intensity. Different body parts will react differently, depending on the settings that you select.
I have to admit, I felt some minor relief after the 30 minutes was done. I am looking forward to seeing what this can do for other body parts like my back, my knew, and my wrist. I am sure individual results will vary, and depend on proper placement, and what settings you use.
The advantages of having the iTENS unit allow you to make changes and adjustments to your unit via Bluetooth without having the need to remove the TENS unit while it is in use, like on your back. You also get up to 24 hours of continual use off of a 2 hour charge, versus units that use alkaline batteries. The iTENS unit can also provide feedback to your treatments, and keep track of what you have done, to see what works and what doesn’t.
Visit the company’s website here, to find a list of indications for use, to see if this is something that might help you, and give you some relief in your everyday life. Not just because I am a Paramedic, but a general statement covering this, even though this is FDA approved, if you have questions or concerns about using this for something, speak with your Doctor first.
I love that it has two different sizes of wings. With 2 sizes, you can get concise coverage for ankles and wrists, to having the larger size for thighs and your back. You can use the device without the app, but that only gives you one setting, and no control over changing the options, or tracking the results. You can also use multiple iTENS wings at the same time.
The unit costs $99.99 and you choose which sized wings, small or large you want to begin with. The company says the wings last approximately 6 months depending on the usage that you have. Replacement wings are $26.99 each, and gel pads are $6.99 a box, and last 10-12 uses.
If you plan to use this quite a bit, I could see that this might start to get expensive. I will have to follow up if I think the pain relief, outweighs the long term costs. Overall, I am excited about this product and the control that you have over it, with your iPhone, or Android Smartphone.
Have you ever used a TENS unit before? what do you like about this one that makes it different? Do you think you are going to try it? This might make a great gift idea for Dad too, Father’s Day is coming, check out my guide here.
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