If you’ve been scouring the market for alternative ways to relieve your pain or something to add to your regular pain relief regimen, you might have found it difficult to vet what is helpful and what is not. While you should certainly check with your doctor before exploring any new options for relieving your existing chronic pain, there are a few options out there to bring up with your doctor. Here are five chronic pain relief products out there, right now.
Sana’s Pain Relief Mask
If you haven’t heard of Sana, part of their mission statement is to end the opioid crisis, which began with sufferers of chronic pain being prescribed and overprescribed heavily-addictive drugs. The Sana Pain Relief Mask uses something called FlowState, which harnesses impulses of sound and light with claims that they help relieve pain. This is an experimental product, and even if it is approved by the FDA, that only means it doesn’t cause significant harm, not that it actually helps, so make sure it is actually worth your time and money.
Electrical stimulation is a common element of processes and products that purport to relieve pain. The BioWaveGO mixes signals in a way that is aimed at blocking the pain at its source to numb the area of concern. Any product that utilizes electricity for such a purpose should be researched, but this is on the market right now.
If you find that your chronic pain is a result of poor posture, the tiny and simple Upright Go is an option for helping reduce your slouching. You attach it between your shoulder blades and it vibrates when your posture is less than optimal. It attaches to an app on your phone, as well, so that you can see how you’ve been doing in correcting your posture. This is a simple, easy product that is all about changing your habits, should that be the source of your pain.
Quell 2.0 TENS Unit
Quell is effectively a patch or cuff that is worn on your extremities – your legs or your arms – and is designed to help relieve the pain in the elbows and knees. It is a TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), meaning it uses electrical impulses to stimulate the muscles and nerves with the aim of reducing your pain.
The Oska Pulse
The Oska Pulse uses PEMG technology, or pulsed electromagnetic field technology, to affect the area in pain. These devices are often used after a surgery or cancer treatment to help in healing and are now being used for pain treatment.
Obviously, not every product will be a perfect fit for everyone with chronic pain, and they definitely won’t all be suited for every type of chronic pain, but it’s good to know what your options are. Besides running these options by your doctor, you can speak with them about any recommended alternatives to traditional methods or medicines, especially if your existing chronic pain relief regimen isn’t cutting it.