Cheap new device brings relief to chronic pain sufferers

A small and cost-effective new device is providing much-needed relief for many Australians who suffer from intense chronic pain.

‘Pain Mate’, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine can be attached to the back, neck and joints and blocks pain signals to the brain by emitting an electrical current through the skin.

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Long-time pain sufferer Andrea Tate was losing hours of sleep each night due to sciatica and hip pain.

“With sciatica and hip pain, I’m generally up and down all night, probably every hour,” Ms Tate told 9NEWS.

The 55-year-old began using Pain Mate at the advice of a friend and said she noticed significant relief immediately.

“My first night with the Pain Mate, I slept. That would be the first night’s sleep in well over a year. It was amazing,” she said.

The device, which costs $50 can be used to relive back, neck, joint and musculoskeletal pain.

Users apply the gel pads on the area they wish to target and after 20 minutes the machine shuts off automatically.

“It’s very portable and it’s affordable, so it’s quite cheap and the patient can use it quite easily,” sports physiotherapist Andrew Hughes said.

While the device continues to be used for pain relief, the jury is still out on how effective it is.

“Unfortunately, TENS will work for some people and not for others, so give it a go by all means and hopefully for you it will work,” Dr Sam Hay said.

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/11/30/19/38/cheap-new-device-brings-relief-to-chronic-pain-sufferers#

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