If you’re looking for a pain relief technology to add to your pain management toolkit, you might be struggling to decide what therapy is right for you. That’s why we’ve broken down three common pain relief technologies – PEMF, TENS and infrared – to help give you the information you need about what works most effectively, and what may not be the best long-term solution.
- PEMF therapy – Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has been a trusted solution for pain management and tissue regeneration for decades with demonstrated success in thousands of clinical studies. A safe, low energy Pulsed Electromagnetic Field is used at precise frequencies to restore the cell’s efficiency, allowing it to perform its function. Instead of simply masking pain like other pain relief therapies, PEMF works at the cellular level to accelerate the body’s ability to repair injured cells with no side effects and, in turn, relieve pain. Once accessible only through doctors’ offices and therapy centers, the pain relieving benefits of PEMF are now accessible to consumers without a prescription and in a portable, on-the-go, convenient and affordable way (with just a one-time cost!) with our Oska Pulse. Oska Pulse is also reimbursable through Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts and available over-the-counter and from doctors. Learn more about the many benefits of PEMF therapy and machines here.
- TENS therapy – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, therapy involves the use of low-voltage electric currents. Electrodes are placed on the body at the site of the pain to deliver electricity that travels through the nerve fibers in order to block the pain receptors from being sent to the brain. Although TENS provides short-term pain relief, it only masks the symptoms of pain rather than working at the source of pain to relieve it, like PEMF does. Additionally, as the electrodes must be in contact with the skin, they often cause irritation at the application site and make it difficult to wear the device throughout the day. Additionally, unlike portable PEMF machines like Oska Pulse, TENS therapy has ongoing costs, including purchasing new electrodes monthly, and is not covered by insurance.
- Infrared light therapy – Infrared light therapy is touted for delivering safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to skin and cells, which stimulate those cells to reduce oxidative stress and encourage the body to make more usable energy to power itself. This in turn increases function, speeds healing and reduces inflammation and pain. While this therapy can certainly be beneficial, it typically is not able to penetrate the body very deeply – usually only within an inch of the surface of the skin – and is intended primarily for local application. Additionally, infrared therapy is typically only available in doctors’ offices or therapy centers, limiting consumers’ access to the technology.
PEMF, TENS and infrared light therapy are three of the most common non-drug pain relief technologies, and though there are benefits to each, PEMF shines as the most effective, convenient and affordable way to relieve pain directly at the source. While everyone’s battle with pain is different, we believe multi-disciplinary, multimodal care is essential to pain relief and PEMF therapy, like Oska Pulse, can be a beneficial addition to your pain management toolkit compared to other pain relief technologies.