#2 recommendation: mechanical back support used while sitting
#3 recommendation: TENS Medical Device
[Dr Ho’s TENS or HealthMate Forever TENS]
#4 recommendation: Zero-Gravity Massage Chair
[TITAN Model EC-362]
it’s 2 a.m. and you just HAVE to go to the toilet…
six stairs down from your bedroom...
AND SOON it’s time to reverse those stairs of torment …
After the third staggering night, I got on the Internet, and looked for solutions…
I purchased a PEMF medical device... I've devoted several pages to describing these...
TENS = Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
These are portable medical devices, powered by batteries, that use conducting pads placed on the skin.
An electrical current passes between the pads and reduces pain… well that’s the theory…
It seems that “how” TENS works is uncertain!
Here are two guesses:
whatever... I know it does work for me...
There is a body of scientific research around TENS. As with most research, there are few definitive conclusions:
I use the US Government website, PubMed, to access research papers.
I consider it reliable and truthful.
Any links I have to scientific research will be from PubMed.
TENS machines have brought me immediate relief from back pain.
I am unsure whether they will have long-term healing effects.
I consider them a great alternative to prescription/OTC pain relief medication, and I’ve not experienced side effects… unlike many of those pills.
I think that a TENS for back pain is
better than chronic pain medications
for chronic back pain management...
it can be used to reduce "spot" pain so effectively,
and there are no side effects.
Both of my recommendations function as they should.
For a few reasons, my #1 choice is the
My #2 choice is the
This is a device, often a belt, that acts as a corset/brace
The main back support is a large belt that is positioned over the lower spine. This is connected via straps to two knee pads.
When the device is in position, and the straps tightened, the knees force the pad to make the spine more upright... no slouching here!
I found that any sore back was immediately helped.
There's an included gel pack that may be heated or cooled, and inserted in a pouch on the back pad. This provides a further measure of relief.
Once again, mixed results… excepting for a few like this one.
The belt I purchased brought INSTANT relief to my back, while I was sitting at my computer.
As my muscles became less tense, it forced my back into a better position, my posture improved, and my back felt waaaaay better.
This device provided quick relief.
It also improved my posture.
I recommend it without reservation.
This is a chair that tilts to put you in the same position as astronauts take when taking off. It has over 30 different massage options, and is OH SO RELAXING!
The massage chair is controlled by never-get-lost device that resembles a TV controller, with lots of buttons and options.
Several studies showed that massage chair sessions were useful for decreasing muscle pain in office workers.
The Titan iMassage EC-362 chair was a major help to me, when I cracked my L2 vertebrae.
If you cannot get a human touch massage, this is a super alternative.
It is my #2 recommendation for a back pain relief machine.