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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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Sleep deprivation is hitting so many more people at the moment. Stress with COVID-19 is the biggest problem then not being as active as usual or unable to exercise all contribute to a disturbed sleep. So, this week on Sleep Sunday I am writing on a few different ways to help you to get to sleep and stay asleep until daybreak.

Something new to try if you have not done so before are these snooze gummies from Starpowa, available from Holland & Barrett @ £19.99 for 30. Or, direct from Starpowa who has them in offer for half price at the moment.

  • Tasty black cherry flavoured gummies formulated for a restful snooze. 
  • Contains 5-HTP, L Theanine, Chamomile, Lavender, griffonia seed, Lemon balm leaf and more. 
  • Herbal ingredients, and vegan friendly.

Starpowa Snooze gummies are formulated for a restful sleep. Each gummy contains 5-HTP, L-Theanine, Chamomile, Lavender, Griffonia Seed, Montmorency cherry, Vitamin B6, Asparagus Racemosus, Lemon Balm Leaf and more,

Lavender contributes to optimal relaxation. Simply take one tasty black cherry gummy per day. I take mine about an hour before I go to bed.

Another great buy is the Nanu Sleep range. If you or your partner have different optimum sleep temperatures then this duvet is for you. Nanu’s Hot & Not duvet can provide ultimate comfort for the both of you. The duvet is split into two seamless halves so you can choose how cool or warm you want to be. Warmth levels vary from 4.5 tog, for those who prefer a cool nights sleep ( that’s me) to a toasty 15 tog (phew) if you prefer the snug as a bug experience. They can also design you a perfect pillow to go with it taking everything in consideration from how you like to sleep to the perfect weight of your pillow. Duvet’s from Nanu start from £50.

Ashwagandha way to sleep. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is known as an adaptogen, thanks to its ability to adapt to the body’s needs, reducing anxiety and stress, and encouraging a good nights sleep. It controls the production of the stress hormones and allows our body to retain natural sleeping rhythms. Try Pukka Wholistic Ashwagandha £20.99 for 60 capsules from Amazon.

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We are all feeling cooped up at the moment, myself included, and with the awful weather we have had of late, it means many of us are not even getting out for a daily walks.

But stretching your body can be just as useful to your health. Stretching correctly helps keep muscles flexible and strong, which then helps improve joint mobility, posture and balance.

Everyone knows that stretching after exercise is essential for you and it also helps to increase circulation and workout recovery but it can help with many other things as well. Here are 10 great reasons to give your body a daily stretch.

  1. Stretching keeps you flexible, it keeps your muscles supple and strong which has a knock on effect at keeping your joints fully mobile.
  2. Stretching is great for your posture and can release those tight muscles you get from poor posture.
  3. Stretching is good for your health as they say it can help to deliver nutrients to muscles.
  4. Stretching can help lower high blood pressure.
  5. Stretching can help improve your sleep.
  6. Stretching can help relax your mind and reduce anxiety.
  7. Stretching can help to alleviate stress.
  8. Stretching can help with digestion and reduce inflammation and support the intestines.
  9. Stretching opens different parts of your body that have not been moved for a while.
  10. Stretching, they say, can decrease back pain, so it is definitely something I am going to try.

Different ways to stretch include Yoga, Balance Balls, the Melt Method, Tai Chi and Resistance Bands to name a few.

There are lots of videos online on stretching but I have some resistance bands I kept after breaking my foot so with the help of the infographics below I am going to start my daily stretch using those.