The IcyHot SmartRelief™ TENS Therapy Patch is a great invention for those who suffer from long lasting back pain or for those who suffer from any long lasting pain. It comes in a patch available for those who have back pain and a regular patch. I was able to try out the back patch, which is perfect because I suffer from lumbar back pain. The product has a pack with the actual TENS unit and a very sticky pad that you attach the unit to. It is incredibly easy to attach the pad to the unit, it just snaps into place. This unit can be used for as long as you want or need to use it. It targets back pain specifically.
TENS therapy is used by physical therapists for pain relief. It stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS Therapy actually blocks the pain signals that are sent from the nerves to the brain. The pain signals never get there. Instead endorphins are released from the brain. It is used to treat everything from mild to chronic pain. I have two units at home that I use. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the TENS unit because of the weird buzzing that you get on the body. I like that it does get mixed up some but some of the systems can be annoying. The nice thing about the patch is that TENS therapy is available without a prescription at a fraction of the cost. Usually the units cost hundreds of dollars.
The IcyHot SmartRelief™ TENS Therapy Patch has 63 intensity settings. It is very compact, smaller than a credit card. Also, the pain relief is drug-free. It is easy to use and requires no assembly except to click the unit into place on the pad. The unit can be used all day long and shuts itself off after 30 minutes of use. It does allow users to stay more active. And the price is very affordable. This unit can be used while you are walking, driving or biking. You don’t have to be sitting around or laying down doing nothing like with a traditional TENS unit. This is what makes this product so great!
I found this product to work very well and I liked it better than my regular TENS unit. I think that it works better because the pulses are more varied and have a better modulation than my other unit. I had no problems with the sticky pad either. Using it multiple times was not a problem as it was very sticky to begin with and was actually hard to get off. The pad worked very well. I found that I felt I needed to be laying down on the unit to get the most benefit from the TENS Therapy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone suffering from back pain. Use this to get great relief.
I used this prior to my back surgery and it worked quite well. I also used it after my vertebral fusion surgery and it worked pretty well for pain relief. It did not get rid of 100% of the surgical pain, but helped with about 90% of it. Considering I had a 3-level fusion, I think that is pretty darn good. I will say that this is not a viable option for those with large areas to cover. The patches are in the 3-5" range.
The IcyHot SmartRelief™ TENS Therapy Patch is available across the country at stores like Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, Costco, Kroger, Dollar General, Duane Reade, KMart, Meijer and online at www.drugstore.com and www.drugstore.com. It retails for $28.99 for the kit with the entire patch, unit and battery. The refill pad box retails $9.99 for 2 pads and a replacement battery.
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