As many of my readers know, the Epicurean recipe for a life of pleasure includes ataraxia (freedom from mental anxieties) as well as aponia (freedom from physical pain)–and while it’s true that mental pains and pleasures last longer and we have more control over securing them, the flesh also needs relief from pain from time to time. I typically review books on this blog that relate in some way to Epicurean philosophy, but this time I’m reviewing a product I strongly believe in, which has helped me to secure aponia. If this products helps you like it did me, I invite you to leave a review on amazon for it also. People tend to be quick to criticize bad services or products, but not so quick to praise helpful ones.
I hurt my back in December, and paid considerable amounts of money to a chiropractor to basically apply a machine like this one for about 20 minutes twice or three times per week, and later on (weeks into my therapy) to do some lower-back stretching. I had no idea that one could buy the machine for this treatment so affordably online.
So when the pain came back this month, I didn’t want to go back to the chiropractor but I also couldn’t find this device at local pharmacies. So I decided to buy the machine on amazon. It’s very easy to use. The only confusing part was initially not knowing that one has to disconnect the machine from its power source before it will work.
The device is an electronic muscle stimulator. It sends electric pulses through the skin to massage the muscles that are in pain. The stimulation occurs via adhesive pads that stick to the skin. The pulse massager has different settings in terms of how many pulses and what kinds of pulses it emits. One can also choose from a spectrum of intensity, from very low to very intense, and one can try out different levels of intensity until one finds the one that does the trick.
My back pain (which I think had to do with a pinched nerve and went down into the muscles around my hips and legs) has subsided. The main benefit of this device is that it helps to bring instant relief to throbbing or debilitating muscle and nerve pain. Combined with getting full nights of restful sleep, with sleeping in the right position, using ice bags or heat pads, and not over-exerting oneself, this device provides effective (and affordable) treatment for muscle and nerve pain.