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WHAT IS TECHCARE MASSAGER?
The TechCare Massager Plus is, per product description, a dual-channel battery powered multi-function device, offering both Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) and Powered Muscle Simulator (PMS) qualities in one device. The Plus offers a large LCD Display, 24 Modes, and 2 A-B outputs. This unit features adjustable timer, battery life indicator, and a built-in lithium battery.
I’m not savvy on massage terminology, so I had to do some research into what TENS and PMS actually are and what they do. This is what I found:
What is TENS?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical current for pain relief. ~ WebMD
You do TENS with the TechCare Plus 24 by connecting two electrodes (wires that conduct electrical current) from the machine to your skin. These electrodes are often placed on the area of pain or at a pressure point, creating a circuit of electrical impulses that travels along nerve fibers.
When the current is delivered, I experience less pain. This is due, in part, because the electricity from the electrodes stimulates the nerves in an affected area and sends signals to the brain that block normal pain signals. Another theory is that the electrical stimulation of the nerves may help the body to produce natural painkillers called endorphins, which may block the perception of pain.
Most, if not all, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain patients know the value of exercise. Studies have indicated that exercise is generally helpful for people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain but that’s not the end of the story. Most FM exercise studies focus on either mild or short duration exercises. Sustained, high-intensity exercise, on the other hand, is often poorly tolerated. This is thought to be why:
Scientists measured levels of beta-endorphin, a neuropeptide that fits onto opioid receptors like a key into a lock, triggering the release of endogenous opioids called beta-endorphins that play a critical role in reducing pain.
Believe it or not, Beta -endorphins are said to be 18 to 33 times stronger than morphine!
They also play a major role in stimulating the ascending pain inhibition pathways or the poor performance of these pathways, which originate in the spinal cord and may account for much of the pain in FM patients.
How does the TechCare Plus 24 Reduce Pain?
The TechCare Massager contracts and releases the muscles, gets the knots out and will give you all the benefits of a massage. Chiropractors have been using this method for people who suffer from:
Pain Relief Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
other Inflammation Ailments
The TechCare Plus 24 come complete with:
- 1 2017 Newest Model Controller
- 2 Large Electrodes
- 2 Small Electrodes
- 2 Electrode Cables
- User’s Manual
- 1 Electrode Pad and Wire Holder
- 1 Treatment Points Chart
And … all come with a LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY.
There are 24 pre-programmed massage modes.
I have used the TechCare Plus 24 several times since getting it. I first used it on my lower back and sciatic nerve pain. For me, it did NOT help the sciatic pain at all. Next, I tried it when I ended up with a splitting cluster headache. The electrical shock took my mind off the headache pain, but once it was turned off, the pain came right back. However, I must include that the recovery time from this last cluster attack was cut in half from how long I usually am down with one. Lastly, and in closing, I suffer terribly from restless leg syndrome. I was kicking like a mule and decided I would try the TechCare Plus 24. After 30 mins, no more restless legs. A gem of a product to keep handy!
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