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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TENS MACHINE AND EMS UNIT?..

What is the difference between a TENS machine and ems units? To start off with I will explain what each do. Heathline explains that a TENS machine is a machine that produces electric current to stimulate the nerves for pain in a non-invasive way. It requires using a small handheld or tabletop device, known as a TENS unit, which is connected via thin wires to adhesive pads.

Dual Channel TPN 200 Plus Tens Machine

However, the Difference Between says it is also important that for maximum benefits of TENS units and for lasting pain minimization, frequent and regular microcurrent sessions are required. But at the same time, some individuals are seen to experience maximum pain reduction and lasts longer and also, the time between the frequency of sessions increases. This is because of the increase in the blood circulation action that helps the lymph system to wash off the toxins from the body. The sensations generated by the microcurrents and the conventional TENS treatments are like tingling feeling than the uncomfortable and distressing feeling of a small electric current.

Healthline explain what EMS is Electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) is a physical therapy and fitness technique. Like TENS, it involves a machine that transmits electrical impulses through electrodes that are applied directly to your skin.

Unlike TENS, though, the electrodes from an EMS machine are applied to key muscle groups. A common muscle group EMS is used on is the quadriceps after knee surgery. The electrical signals trigger repeated contractions (tightening) of the muscles. The contractions can be short and frequent or long and sustained. By stimulatory actions in the muscles, an EMS unit results in muscle contractions that are same as experiences by physical exercises.

Well-Life Tens/EMS Machine

As far as treatment with these types of machinery it really is up to the individual. For the treatment of pain, then probably the TENS machine might be helpful. This is something I have tried in the past with good and bad results so if you can buy one with a money back guarantee then this has to be a good option.

If you are recovering from surgery then maybe the EMS unit would be good but only under the direction of a therapist or GP. This machine can also help to improve your muscle contractions which could be weakened after surgery.

Either way before buying either unit get advice from your GP who may have a specific one they prefer or chat with a health provider or physical therapist. Don’t just go out and buy one because its on offer. I was leant one by my health care provider before I bought one.

Source: Healthline and Difference Between

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BPB ALERT NEWS – COULD A ROBIOTIC BACKPACK REPLACE OPIOIDS TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?..

An article in Mirage News caught my eye today. Could a robiotic ‘backpack’ replace opioids to relieve lower back pain? So, do you swallow another pill or wear something instead?

Mirage News wrote that sixteen million Americans-8 percent of the adult population-suffer persistent back pain. Many more visit their doctor for the occasional twinge. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, low back pain is one of the most common reasons given for prescribing opioids. That’s fueling the opioid crisis-and there’s little evidence the powerful painkillers even help.

Lou Awad, a Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences assistant professor of physical therapy says that the solution, might not be a pill you swallow-it might be something you wear. Awad researches and develops robotic apparel, battery-powered exosuits that make mobility and movement easier for patients who have had a stroke.

A major clinical trial has shown that the exosuit can be a safe and effective tool for the lower limb rehabilitation of survivors of stroke. Read “A Step Forward” to learn more.

“The robotic apparel consists of cables that apply mechanical forces in parallel with the underlying muscles,” Awad says. “The system is designed to be worn like a backpack, with attachments over the shoulder, around the waist, and also around the thighs. It is very unobtrusive.” When the power’s off, the wearer can move, bend, and reach without any restriction. Hit the “on” button, and the device “responds to the speed and motion of the user to adaptively help lift and hold objects,” Awad says.

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I guess I can only say one thing and that is ‘watch this space’ – amazing !

Source: Mirage News

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ALERT NEWS – HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS SPINAL AILMENTS…

According to The Indian Express, a study at Lokmanya Hospital in Pune showed that ‘ a holistic approach towards spinal ailments helps to avoid surgery’. At least 35,000 patients had been treated this way over a period of 13 years and less than 10 percent of them required surgery.

They said that patients suffering from spine-related problems especially their lower back region, can avoid surgery altogether by seeking and adopting a holistic approach.

I have to agree with this as I feel sure if I had gone down that route back in the late 80’s then I don’t think I would be in the mess I am in now, especially my lower back.

Dr. Shiikrishna Joshi, a spokesperson of Lokmanya Hospital said that ‘ A common misconception is that surgery is required for the majority of spine-related ailments, especially lower back, but nothing could be further from the truth”.

A holistic approach helps to achieve great results for the majority of problems, without undergoing surgery. With COVID-19 causing many people to work from home which could lead to lower back pain, it’s important that patients know the options for treatments to help with their condition.