Blog Entries from July 2014

How Is Therapy with SENSUS Different From Other TENS Devices?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

With conventional TENS, the user must start and stop therapy manually. When activated, these devices run at a constant intensity level throughout the therapy session unless the user manually intervenes. When stimulating for a prolonged period at the same intensity level, the stimulation may become less effective as a result of nerve desensitization. This is when the nerves ‘get used to’ the stimulation. Also, conventional TENS devices carry warnings against use while sleeping.

SENSUS optimizes the user’s experience and pain relief in a number of ways. SENSUS will automatically restart therapy every other hour, so the user can put the device on and get relief throughout the day or night without having to think about it. Within a given therapy session, SENSUS automatically increases the stimulation intensity over the course of the session to compensate for nerve desensitization. This helps ensure that the stimulation the user is receiving is optimized for therapy. Lastly, SENSUS is the only TENS device approved by the FDA for use during sleep. This allows people suffering from sleep disruption due to chronic pain a TENS options for overnight pain relief. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in SENSUS Operation

How Is the Design of SENSUS Different From Other TENS Devices?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A conventional TENS device typically includes a control unit, wires and individual electrode pads.  These devices rely on the user to determine, and manually set, the stimulation levels through the various control dials on the device.  The user must also place multiple electrodes in specific locations and then connect the electrodes to the control units with lead wires.  These wires and individual electrodes inhibit the user’s movement and usually require the user to remain stationary throughout the entire therapy session.

SENSUS has a unique, pre-configured electrode that easily snaps directly onto the back of the device.  The device and electrode are then secured to the upper calf by a Velcro strap.  A single button press activates therapy at the therapeutic intensity level that was automatically calculated for the user prior to the first use.

SENSUS is low profile so that it may be worn discreetly under clothing and it is lightweight so it is comfortable to wear throughout the day or during sleep.  The user may go about their daily activities like walking the dog, working in the garden or sleeping through the night, while benefitting from pain relief SENSUS provides. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in SENSUS Operation

How Can SENSUS Help Improve Your Sleep?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Chronic pain and poor sleep are closely associated. As many as 50-70% of people with chronic pain also suffer from sleep problems. For example, about 50% of people with painful diabetic neuropathy, a common form of chronic pain in people with diabetes, have sleep disturbances or insomnia.
 
Chronic pain prevents people from falling asleep and maintaining restful sleep. At the same time, a chronic lack of sleep amplifies pain. The inter-relationship between chronic pain and poor sleep underscores the importance of treating both conditions in order to improve pain, sleep, health and quality of life.

Here’s how SENSUS can help. SENSUS may be used at bedtime to help you fall asleep, and throughout the night to help maintain high quality sleep. SENSUS provides pain relief by stimulating the nerves that carry normal non-painful sensations to your brain. Stimulation of these nerves changes the levels of certain natural chemicals in your nervous system that decreases your pain. SENSUS is the only transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator approved by the FDA for use during sleep; so you can be confident that it is both safe and effective for you to use overnight. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in Sleep Disorders

The Cycle of Chronic Pain and Disrupted Sleep

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Many people with chronic pain also suffer from disrupted sleep.  A recent article published in Neurology Reviews, Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain and Disturbed Sleep, looked at this relationship and the role that some pain medications may have in further disrupting sleep. Read More

Posted by NeuroMetrix in Sleep Disorders