Wireless Devices for Pain Relief: Do They Work?

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Use your iPhone or iPad to help you manage your pain

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic muscoskeletal pain every year. In addition, 76 million Americans experience pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours each day.

How Pain Affects Your Life
Acute or chronic pain may cause a significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers since these events may lead to decreased energy levels and fatigue, loss of concentration, inability to sleep well, and depression.

In addition, chronic pain leads to reduced productivity. In fact, studies reveal that workers lose an average of 4.6 hours per week of productive time due to a pain condition. Other studies suggest that 76.6% of lost productive time is due to reduced work performance rather than absenteeism. Overall, the annual cost of chronic pain (including healthcare expenses, lost income, and lost productivity) in the United States is estimated at $100 billion.

A Revolutionary Way of Treating Pain
Traditionally, pain can be treated using different types of manual therapy, medications (anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen or opioids), acupuncture or acupressure, and relaxation and biofeedback techniques. And now, you can even use your iPad or iPhone to manage your pain. Philips will soon be launching Blue Touch and PulseRelief, two new devices that are designed to help suppress persistent body pain.?

PulseRelief uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation) technology to deliver electric pulses straight to your nerves. This prevents pain signals from reaching your brain and releases endorphin, the hormone that make you feel good. While there are similar gadgets available in the market, PulseRelief lets you choose from 60 intensity levels to personalize your treatment.

While the PulseRelief can be used anywhere on the body, Blue Touch, on the other hand, is specially designed to treat back pain. It uses blue LED light to stimulate the production of nitric oxide which helps stimulate blood circulation in the affected area. With regular use, the manufacturer claims that Blue Touch can help the body heal itself.

Since both of these devices are wireless, you can get non-medical and non-invasive pain relief while going about your daily activities. With these devices, you can stay active while having your treatment. This is extremely important since experts agree that you need to maintain mobility to relieve pain and that inactivity can only worsen your condition.

These devices are powered by one of the most advanced pain relief technology available today and can be controlled using the Philips Treatment App. So, should you get one of these? Maybe you should but don’t forget to consult your doctor before doing so.