Sciatica pain is the result of an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve. Pain that would typically radiate from your lower back, through the hips, buttocks, and then down the legs. Sciatica pain would generally present itself as a sharp, shooting, burning, stabbing, or electric-like type of sensation. The pain would sometimes be constant and sometimes come and go; but sudden body movements, like a sneeze, regularly worsen it. Most sciatica cases recover over time and are usually self-healing; so most treatments prescribed to sciatica patients focus on pain management and comfort during recovery. Icing or hot packs, gentle stretches, and a TENS machine for sciatica pain are some of the highly recommended treatments.
The iTENS as your TENS machine for sciatica pain
Despite being some of the more traditional methods, icing and hot packs for pain management are now being replaced by TENS machines. This is generally because of how lasting and effective the results are with devices like the iTENS unit. Pain-relieving effects via TENS machines could last anywhere from 5 hours up to 18 hours and with that alone proves to be a more effective source of pain management than icing and hot packs. The lack of treatment time using the more traditional methods may also be another limiting factor due to temperature dissipation. A TENS machine for sciatica pain, being battery powered, may easily provide as much treatment time as tolerated without any issues of wearing out.
Compatibility and accessibility issues also prevent icing and hot packs from being as effective as TENS machines. Treatments via temperature packs, especially on the back, would typically have to be done lying on your stomach, which severely prevents any other form of movement and may require more help. Treatments with a TENS machine for sciatica pain can be done alone by an individual as the pads are compact, easy to place, and can be placed in almost any position. Machines like the wireless iTENS units also make it effortless to perform TENS therapy alone. It already has ready-to-use pre-set settings, which can be set manually or through an iOS or Android device.
Owning a TENS machine for sciatica pain and other pain-related issues, be it acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) pain, can easily be an invaluable investment for anyone. Pain management during recovery has now been made easier. Keeping in mind that a TENS machine comes with plenty of advantages and has little to no disadvantages and side effects coming along with it.