I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
In my never ending quest to relieve chronic pain I’ve tried several different pain relief devices such as Quell and Oska Pulse. This time I had a chance to try my first TENS unit with TechCare Pro TENS portable massager. This is a drug free method of pain relief that delivers low-voltage pulses to the skin to stimulate nerve fibers effectively blocking the pain signal to your brain. The device has 20 different modes which allow muscles to be contracted and released. The goal is to provide the benefits of massage for people who suffer from neck pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, back pain, fibromyalgia, shin splints, neuropathy and other inflammation ailments.
I was excited to give my TENS unit a try as I had heard good things about them alleviating pain temporarily. Additionally, at $25.99 it comes at a decent price, it’s much for affordable then any other device I’ve tried. According to the amazon product page the unit comes with:
- 1 Controller
- 1 Pair Massage Shoes
- 8 Large Electrodes ( Pads )
- 2 Small Electrodes ( Pads )
- 2 Electrodes Cables
- User’s Manual
- Usb and Wall Charger
- 1 Electrode Pad and Wire Holder
- 1 Treatment Points Chart
However, I did not get the 8 large electrodes (I only received two), and I did not receive massage shoes.
My initial impression of the unit was very favorable. It comes with several features such as tapping, acupuncture, deep tissue, foot, cupping, and combinations of those options. You can easily adjust the time of use by adding or subtracting as much time as you want. You can also easily adjust the intensity of the device depending on what feels comfortable to you. I used the device several times while I was trying to go to sleep because it helped the pain in my legs, and I haven’t been able to find many other solutions to that problem. I also loved that I could change the type of treatment depending on what my body needed at that particular moment. There were so many different options I enjoyed being able to try something different on a regular basis.
Unfortunately my device broke after only two weeks of use. It was user error on my part as I dropped it on my tile floor and the screen broke. However, since I doubt I’m the only user that this ever happens to, the durability of the screen is something to be aware of. My other concern about the device is the electrodes. Even though an electrode pad is provided for storage when the electrodes aren’t in use, my electrodes did not last long. I could only get them through a couple of uses before I had to throw them away. It does look like replacing electrodes for the device would be a regular maintenance cost. The cost is not extreme, but it’s something to keep in mind.
I’m a bit torn on how to conclude this review as I loved the device while it was working, it just didn’t work for very long because I dropped it. If you’re not clumsy like I am, this TENS unit could really work for you. It’s an affordable pain relief device that has great potential. However, if you are prone to dropping things you may need to look into stronger options.