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26.05.2016, 17:30   MedGizmo

Pain Relief Wearables: Taking Pain Relief Solutions to Another Level

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Our first post is from David Gomes, a Health and Wellness expert. He completed his M.S Professional degree in California Institute of Technology; lives in Oakland, California, USA. David loves to write on a variety of topics such as joint health, weight loss, beauty and skin care for blogs and on-line publication sites. He also loves latest technology, gadgets. You can connect with him on Google+ and Twitter 


Pain Relief Wearables:  Taking Pain Relief Solutions to Another Level

Are you prone to freqent back pains, stiff joints or headaches? If you fall into this category, you’re not alone. Recent research shows that 33 percent of UK population falls in this group. What’s worrying is that it isn’t just in the UK; it’s in different parts of the world, where people are struggling with chronic pains.

The biggest hope for many of these people is in conventional medication, to help alleviate their pains. However, the use of the conventional medicine is not their wish. That’s why, they are always checking on the medical world, to see if there is a better way of solving their problems. To most of them, they want a treatment or relief mode with no side effects and one, which doesn't make them a slave to the mode of treatment.

Having lived with someone who suffers from chronic long-term pains, I can bet my last dollar that you have tried varied modes of medication, from acupuncture to deep breathing, looking for the best way to relieve your pain, but you haven’t a solution. 

But there is a new solution in this field, which is believed will take pain relief to a whole new level without causing dependency or side effects- the pain relief wearables

The greatest uniqueness with pain relief wearable and other pain fighting options is the mode of working. These wearable’s supplement pain management, rather than acting as a painkiller substitute. The wearable devices employ miniaturized electrostimulation, to suppress twinges and aches.
By wearing these pain wearables, you can cut down your pain relief dosage and eventually reduce reliance on these medications. To help you identify some of these wearables and how they work, here are the most recent pain relief wearables on the market today.

Pain relief wearables based on TENS technology.

A perfect example of pain relief based on Tens technology is Quel, which is a strap made to be worn around the leg. Quel uses miniaturized Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) technology to lower the body’s perception of pain. The wearable releases electrical impulses that are very minute and help to drown out from the brain, the pain signals. Quel uses specific disposable electrode pads that are supposed to be replaced after few weeks. These electrodes cost $29 per packet.

TENS technology isn’t a new concept; it has been with us for years now. But the application of this technology in pain management brought it to the limelight. 

Maybe you are asking yourself, does this technology work? From NHS research reports, they indicate that currently, there isn’t solid evidence that this treatment technology is effective and reliable. However, despite that doubt, there are a dozen other medical trials, which are suggesting that TENS technology offers mild to moderate pain relief to some people while others don't experience the pain relief.
Quel is being predicted to be 5 times stronger that the conventional OTC (over the counter) TENS devices. This also presents another reason why anyone suffering from chronic pains should try it. You will also love the QUEL working, as it doesn't offer standard pain relief to everyone. The device is able to identify the wearer’s specific therapy needs to help them relief pain. Quel is built with OptiTherapy, which is a patented tech to the device, which is able to adjust the therapy so that the user gets an optimal pain relief. This is according to Emily Adekore, who is the current Quell marketing manager. 
Currently, Quel is on sale in Canada and the US at a retail price of $249. The product will be launched in the UK, late in 2016.

Pain wearables based on PEMF

PEMF is another pain relief technology. There are wearables based on this technology and offers an edge over TENS in pain relief. PEMF, (Pulsed Electromagnetic Electrostimulation Technology), uses a different approach to pain relief. This tech uses pulsed magnetic fields, instead of electrical currents. The difference is that the magnetic fields target the pain root cause, unlike electrical fields. 
Is PEMF effective in pain relief?

Just as in TENS technology, there is no unanimous finding regarding the effectiveness of PEMF. Luckily, the most recent PEMF trials have come out ambiguously positive. This is according to Paul Ingraham, who is a science writer, specializing in pain management. According to Paul, PEMF may offer a better pain relief solution than TENS. However, just as in the case of TENS, PEMF will not work for everyone. It will not work for some people while other will experience positive results. Additionally, some of the people who don't experience any positive results when using PEMF may experience positive results, when they use TENS based devices.

A perfect example of PEMF technology on use is Oska Pulse; a compact wearable device made by Oska Wellness. The device is currently retailing at $399. Oska pulse is made unique by the fact that it doesn't use electrodes; pads and gels, unlike the TENS based wearable devices. 
When purchasing any of these devices, note that the technology may not meet your desired results. Luckily, if one product fails, you can try the other technology-based device. Additionally, don't make these devices, your sole pain relief solution; there is still a long way to go, according to wearable tech digest news. 

Thank you, David, for your contribution. We encourage our readers to provide feedback.

26.05.2016, 17:30   MedGizmo
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