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In my never ending quest to relieve chronic pain I’ve tried several different pain relief devices such as Quell , Oska Pulse. Hummingbird, and Techcare TENS. This time I was excited to try OMRON Heat Pain Pro TENS unit because unlike the other TENS I’ve tried, this one is combined with heat. As someone who practically lives on a heating pad I love the idea of combining TENS with heat.
About Heat Pain Pro
The Heat Pain Pro utilizes Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) technology in conjunction with heat in order to relieve pain.
Heat Pain Pro comes with:
- One Heat Pain Pro Unit
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (inside Main Unit)
- AC Adapter
- 2 Pads with attached electrode cord
- 2 Pair of replacement gels for pads
- Pad Holder
- Quick Start Guide
- Pad Placement Guide
- Instruction Manual
How do you use Heat Pain Pro?
Heat Pain Pro has three different therapy choices:
COMBO 1– Heat is 15 minutes, TENS 15 minutes
COMBO 2– Short sessions of heat/TENS/heat/TENS for a total of 30 minutes
TENS- 30 minutes TENS therapy session only
You also have the ability to change the therapy mode as well as change the level of heat. The options of therapy mode are:
- lower back
To use the Heat Pain Pro you simply stick the electrodes where you wish, turn it on and pick the therapy option you want, pick the level of heat, and then choose the mode. Each therapy session lasts for thirty minutes.
My experience with Heat Pain Pro
There are a lot of things I like about this device. I love having a combination of TENS/heat as I feel that is more effective in curbing my pain levels. When I use Heat Pain Pro I almost always choose COMBO #2 so I can have short sessions of heat/TENS. I like that I can choose from the 9 different modes depending on what part of the body the electrodes are on and what kind of pain I’m experiencing that day. I didn’t find any of the TENS or heat settings to be too powerful, so that was an additional bonus. Also, the battery life on this device seemed to be several hours and the included AC adapter was effective in charging it. Not having to worry about replacing the batteries was a huge plus.
However, there are a few things that could be improved. First, the electrodes are not very sticky and they do not last very long. I am the queen of lengthening the life of electrodes, but the device won’t let you do that. Once it decides your electrodes are done it will stop working. Several times I really thought I had more life in my electrodes, but it wasn’t even an option to keep going. The other thing I didn’t love was that I couldn’t set a therapy time. I use my TENS device to help with the pain that prevents me from falling asleep. Since it takes quite a while for me to fall asleep with past devices I’ve set them for about an hour, but with Heat Pain Pro I couldn’t do that because it is limited to 30 minutes.
Despite having a few criticisms, overall I found that Heat Pain Pro was more effective than a regular TENS device . The combination of heat and TENS technology really made a difference for me so I intend to keep using the Heat Pain Pro in the future.