We all lead busy lives these days, trying to fit everything into our day. I am sure as parents you all go through days when you have a nagging headache, painful shoulder, back pain, muscles just ache, or that time of the month. Sometimes just sitting down with a good book or magazine and a hot cuppa gives us a chance to relax and catch a breath. Other times we need a little more help. Making sure your family is organised means you always have a well stocked medicine cabinet and something for every ailment. However, take a step back and just think for a moment. Are there other alternatives available. Are they Safe? Will They Work? Now you start to google online and find natural health remedies. While you are searching just have a look at some of the TENS units now available. I know many of us are made aware of TENS when we are looking for pain relief during labour, but these units offer so much more. We have been researching this recently as one of our team suffers from chronic shoulder pain when spending too much time on the computer. As a member of the Bizziebaby admin team most of her time is spent uploading information online and we were all concerned. So our search commenced. We looked at loads of natural health remedies, and some are very effective, but we were looking for something we could keep by her computer and use when necessary. Eventually we started looking into the benefits of a TENS unit. Many of us did not realise you could use these for such a wide variety or general ailments. Did you realise they can help headaches, back pain (so many of us suffer with back pain!), PMT, Stress, nausea etc. We bit the bullit and decided to purchase a Smart TENS. The reason was because it looked sexy, nice colour, looked light and easy to use and came with a neck cord. We also called the companies helpline to find out more and ask questions about safety, can you use it and still take pain killers, would it hurt. Well you can gather we had lots of questions. The staff were really helpful and we decided to put this product to the test. By this time our colleague was in agony. She would arrive in the morning and within a few hours she would be rubbing her shoulder and we could see the pain on her face. You should have seen her face when we presented the TENS unit. We were all on hand to give advice and the best thing about this product is she could wear it while working at her computer. All she had to do was place the pads over the painful area of her shoulder (using booklet for advice) and then start the treatment. You can imagine we were all asking questions every 5 minutes. She outlined the sensation did feel odd at first, like little ripples going through her body and was not sure she would get used to it. After about 15 minutes we noticed she was working away and not rubbing her shoulder continually. So something was doing a good job. The TENS unit was used for a couple of weeks and anytime she felt the onset of the pain out would come the TENS unit. It certainly helped ease the pain and was drug free, as we are all conscious of just how many drugs we are taking each month to deal with general aches and pains. Needless to say this TENS is used all the time. It has certainly helped her with shoulder pain and she wears it most days for short bursts to stop the pain in its tracks. Also as the weeks have passed she has got used to the controls and increases the intensity of the treatment to combat the level of pain. Amazing thing about these TENS is you can adjust them to deal with your ailment increasing the intensity or decreasing to suit your needs. Now you are asking did we all try it? Of course we did. Some of us get terrible headaches and we all believe this is due to being in front of a computer for so long. For some of us it worked, for others just gave light relief for a short period of time. We have also tried this for back pain – nothing worse than sitting at your desk with major back ache, and certainly helped reduce the back pain. One of our team has also purchased one for her husband who suffers from old sporting injury and seems to be working.
We would never really have thought of using a TENS unit to deal with general aches and pains, as not something we associate it with. Most of us just think of these as products you hire during labour. How wrong could we be. For a lot of us it was an eye opening experience and we are converts, for others was a minor success. The one thing we all loved about these TENS unit is the flexibility and the fact they are drug free which means we are letting our bodies heal the natural way.
When you are next sitting there with a headache, back ache or just muscle pain just take time to look at all the information available online for TENS units. We purchased ours from Body Clock www.bodyclock.co.uk and you can also check out TENS units from www.mama-tens.info or www.athenafem.co.uk. They all offer a selection of TENS units to suit your pokcet and your condition. Oh and they all have a selection of Pelvic Floor Toners, but that is another story.
If you have found other TENS companies with similar products on offer let us know. We would love to hear from you, so drop us a note or post a comment and tell us about your remedies for dealing with aches & pains.