There are so many people today that suffer from chronic pain and that need management. The typical approach is to use painkillers and adopt cognitive practices, like reframing how to think about it or using mental techniques to shut it out.
Today, though, many devices promise to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic pain. As technology advances, so too do opportunities to find remedies.
So what’s out there that could help you better manage your chronic pain?
Electrotherapy has a bit of a bad rap because of the way psychiatrists used it in the past. But it turns out that so-called “microcurrent electrical therapy” or “MET” can help some people.
Today, you can get handheld prescription devices that look a bit like a pen that you run over painful areas of your body. These pieces of equipment emit a kind of microcurrent that interacts with the body’s tissues, potentially disrupting nerve signals and providing relief.
Sometimes, doctors will prescribe these tools for people with anxiety. Evidence suggests that running them over the head or wearing them as ear clips can help reduce feelings of tension and body pain.
Heat Therapy Machines
Doctors will often recommend that people with chronic pain hold a warm compress against their bodies. The basic idea here is that the compress’s heat will confuse the pain receptors in the target area, replacing the signal your brain receives.
Now, a bunch of companies are creating heated devices for things like muscle and joint pain. Patients simply place their hands inside a special mitt and then put them inside the heating chamber to deliver heating action to the rest of the body.
A lot of chronic pain results from poor posture, especially in the neck and back. Now, though, minder for Apple Watch is providing users with a connected tool that they can use to correct the way that they sit or stand.
The idea behind the tool is pretty simple. You attach a necklace to your Apple Watch, which then tracks your posture. The app on the phone then provides you with information on how you’re sitting and whether your position is correct. If it isn’t, then the app will give you helpful tips and reminders for what to do next.
Muscle stimulators work by sending electrical signals into the muscles themselves, causing them to contract involuntarily. Mostly, people use these devices for exercise. But now manufacturers are also making them into massage tools.
The idea is pretty simple. You place the pads on the areas of the body causing you pain and then the device passes an electric current through them. The muscle will then contract and expand periodically, according to the settings you choose
Some devices have multiple pads, allowing you to place them in several different locations all at once, providing pain relief that way.
In summary, it is clear that technology is moving forwards and helping to find non-pharmacological ways to relieve pain. Have you tried any of these gadgets?