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PainKARE: microcurrent biostimulation
When you live with Chronic Pain a fact of life is pain management. I have experimented with lots of things. The fact that there is so many things on the market and available for chronic pain is a double edge sword. Yes there is many ways to try and deal with it but it’s almost mind-numbing to think about wading through all of them to find the right one that works with your ever changing body.
I was super excited to try out the PainKARE device. I have used other devices that use TENS technology and they didn’t work. Well they worked but only temporarily. The PainKARE technology is made to heal, not block the pain. Both my husband and I suffer from bursitis in major joints. He used the device on his wrist and I tried it on my shoulder that has bursitis the worst currently.
PainKARE is a self-directed, non-invasive medical device cleared by US FDA for pain relief. No prescription is needed to use PainKARE.
PainKARE is different from TENS devices, which basically block the pain with limited therapeutic effect. PainKARE promotes self-healing of the pain with long-term results. Additionally, PainKARE treats the pain at the origin, which can significantly improve many types of chronic pain in just a few treatments, without any side effects.
One of the first things we noticed is how AWESOME it is to walk around and not have to stationary when you are wearing the device. With many pain therapies you are stuck in a chair or office. Scott and I just don’t have time for that. He works 60 hours a week and I work 40 hours out of our house along with taking care of the kids. I can wear it while I am working or cooking and Scott wears it at night when we are winding down. Another cool aspect is that you can control it with your phone. There were a few times that we had to restart it but for the most part , the app worked great.
PainKARE App Screenshots
These are my husband’s settings.
A criticism that we do have is sometimes it can take awhile to get going and it’s picky about the condition of your skin. The learning curve can be a little high but once you’ve figured it out it’s not hard at all. If you have an issue with getting your skin to work well, you can leave the electrode on for up to 48 hours (2 or 3 treatments). I did that with my shoulder and it worked well. We both did 4 treatments and did notice a significant improvement to our pain levels in that area. It does seem to work better on my husband. His theory is that my messed up nervous system might not interpret the signals correctly and it might take more treatments for my nerves to “remember” what they are supposed to do. I will say though that my range of motion did increase in my shoulder. That’s a win for me.
If you have tried many other therapies but are still fighting your chronic pain, PainKARE could be a solution.