Many people are concerned about taking pain relief medication for their aching joints, arms, shoulders, knees and everywhere else because of possible side effects and health risks, whether real or imagined.

Perhaps, they should soon consider electrotherapy, a non-invasive pain relief technology that has been used in clinical settings for many years. Electrotherapy is a physical therapeutic treatment using electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation is applied to nerves and muscle-motor fibers via electro-pads placed on the skin. Electrotherapeutic programs, utilizing prescribed variations in electrical frequencies and intensities, serve to interrupt, alter or induce specific electrical impulses in order to affect the perception of pain and/or facilitate wound healing and muscle rehabilitation. According to experts, these effects are achieved by:

  • reducing localized inflammation
  • increasing blood flow
  • stimulating muscles
  • triggering the release of endorphins, hormones that act as the body's natural analgesic

There are different types of electrotherapeutic devices in rehabilitation clinics today, including the top-of-the-line Orthostim4, which is distributed by Integratif Medical (1 Marine Parade, #02-04, Parkway Parade, Tel: +65-6224-8468)

The Orthostim4, combines four different types of stimulation to help enhance pain relief, reduce edema, promote positive outcomes and provide comprehensive symptomatic management of a user's condition. It is also very portable, convenient and easy to use.

It's versatile too. It provides 40 minutes of continuous treatment, or the user can have certain presets to suit his needs (continuous pain control; two 20-minute cycles beginning with muscle spasm reduction or increasing circulation, followed by pain control; and edema reduction)

But those on pacemakers should refrain from using electrotherapeutic gadgets. Caution should be exercised if you have been diagnosed with heart problems or, epilepsy. Also, burns and skin irritation beneath the electrodes have occasionally been reported with stimulator use.

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