Living with pain or discomfort can really be frustrating, no matter whether it is temporary or chronic pain; without the proper management and support of pain, you will find yourself feeling unhappy and constantly uncomfortable. Sometimes something as simple as taking a pain killer simply does not cut it and we start to look for better solutions or assistance in effectively managing pain. Or better yet – treating the source of cause of pain entirely and permanently.
The great thing about the world we live in today is that technology has advanced far beyond our imaginations, in so many different ways; and when it comes to health care and pain management, there have been some great technological improvements and contributions towards managing your pain effectively and safely.
Here is a list of 5 ways technology can help with pain management:
Electrotherapy, otherwise referred to as TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a therapy that has been designed to act as a treatment for a number of ailments such as circulation, tissue repair, pain reduction as well as promoting movement and motor functioning.
As the electrical pulses surge through the treated areas or body, the body will experience tingling sensations, as it sends electrical currents through the body and targets the pain receptors by intercepting the signals it sends to the brain and body. This ultimately aids in pain reduction and you can perform this therapy by yourself, with various electrotherapy devices available on the market.
2. Light Therapy
Using infrared light to target the tissue and cells within the body can assist in the treatment and management of pain. Light therapy has been known to have multiple benefits in improving circulation as well as stimulating the regenerative functions of the cells, allowing your body to heal quicker and therefore relieving pain symptoms too.
It is always recommended to speak to your doctor or specialist when considering various at-home treatments but with enough information and guidance, you can invest in using a device from home; allowing you to be in control of the treatments, frequency, intensity, and monitor the progress too.
3. Vibration & Pulse Therapy
With this type of treatment, you can opt for two types of vibration therapies namely; Whole Body Therapy (WBT) or localized vibration therapy which specifically focuses on the problematic areas. With WBT, a machine is usually used as the main platform providing the vibrations as you can either lay down, sit or stand on the machine, depending on what the therapist prescribes is best for your treatment.
Many therapists will include various postures and movements whilst standing or on the vibrating platform, which will allow for a more targeted treatment as your muscles are forced to contract and relax with each vibration cycle. With localized vibration therapy, it can be simpler as there are various handheld devices you can use to treat and target pain or specific areas requiring vibrations. Vibration therapy is known to benefit various issues such as joint and back pain, stress, slow metabolism as well as improve your circulation and contribute to weight loss.
According to a Vein clinic in Scottsdale, compression therapy techniques and aids have been used for athletes who find themselves overworking those muscles and require some pressure to relieve muscle tension and ache. With various ways of implementing compression therapy such as compression sleeves and leg compression socks; technology has offered compression devices to assist you in providing the right amount of compression you need, where you need it, and when you need it.
There are a number of different types of compression devices to use, all depending on what you are treating, the frequency of your treatments, and your personal lifestyle. Applying pressure onto the affected areas or muscles helps to promote blood circulation and activity, allowing for blood to flow more freely into your limbs. One of the most common areas treated with compression therapy is usually the lower limbs such as your legs, calves, and feet. Leg compression massaging devices and treatments have been widely recognized for the benefits it supports with conditions such as:
- Post-Surgery Rehabilitation and Pain Management
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Blood Clots
- Poor Circulation
5. Heat Therapy (Thermotherapy)
Heat Therapy is designed to use the positive effects that higher temperatures have on your body such as enhancing blood flow quicker, allowing your body to respond to the pain areas better. Although heat therapy specifically focuses on applying heat to the targeted areas; cold therapy is another way of utilizing the temperature regulation and application to affected areas for various other benefits. If your muscles are feeling a little stiff, applying heat to the muscles can help relax the tension and ease your range of movement a lot quicker. There are two different ways of applying the heat to the area:
- Convection Heat Therapy: This will be by means of using steamed towels or hot baths. As these are applied to the body or muscles, the heat is instantly felt and gets to work on those muscles and relaxing them much quicker.
- Conducted Heat Therapy: This can be experienced by simply walking or spending some time in a sauna, steam room, or applying heating packs to the area.
Living with pain can really disrupt your quality of life, not to mention be incredibly uncomfortable and frustrating. With the help of medical experts and technology, there are many ways we are now able to treat and manage pain, whether it be due to a surgery or something affecting you chronically. You don’t need to suffer and settle for those pain killers; you can take control of your pain and life by researching various techniques and treatments which will benefit you and improve your conditions. Always consult a doctor, therapist, or specialist before trying any devices or treatments on your body, as each person is different and so are the body’s requirements, limitations, and reactions.