Blog Entries from June 2014

How Can a Single SENSUS Device Provide Widespread Pain Relief?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A single SENSUS device will often provide pain control in both legs, and in fact throughout the body. Although SENSUS is typically placed on the leg, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is thought to work through the central nervous system. The optimal placement for SENSUS is on the upper calf, one to two inches below the knee. This placement allows the device to stimulate the sensory nerves that travel from the lower legs and feet to the brain through pathways in the spinal cord. The stimulation prompts the body to release natural peptides (i.e., small proteins) called enkephalins that decrease the perception of pain. Because these pain relieving chemicals are released from the central nervous system, the pain relief will typically be widespread, not just in the immediate area where the device is placed. 

For more information about how SENSUS works, please see Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation: Mechanisms of Action.   Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in SENSUS Operation

The Association of Chronic Pain and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Chronic pain and disrupted sleep are commonly associated and they share a circular relationship - pain disturbs sleep, and poor sleep worsens the pain response.  It is estimated that 28 million Americans have sleep complaints due to chronic pain syndromes. A recent article published by Medscape The Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Chronic Pain looks at this bidirectional relationship between chronic pain and obstructive sleep apnea.   Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in Sleep Disorders