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How to Use a TENS / EMS Unit for Pain Relief

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TENS units & EMS units can be very helpful when recovering from an injury or surgery. The two are very different, but often come together in one unit like the iStim EV-805 unit I use in this video.

What's the difference between TENS and EMS?

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is used to help reduce pain and increase circulation. Basically the vibration of the TENS follows the same pathway as the pain pathway to the brain and helps cancel it out. It is a great alternative to pain medication. A TENS uses four electrodes with cross currents to surround the area. The deep vibration/massage helps relax the muscles and allow for healing.

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) helps contract the muscles to build back up strength after an injury. With EMS the muscles will actually contract, and you can use it as a tool while exercising to help retrain the muscle to work how it's suppose to. It uses two electrodes directly over the muscle you are trying to contract.

The iStim EV-805 I use in this video is a 4 Channel TENS+EMS Combo Unit and comes with 24 Replacement Electrodes Pads. It has 5 TENS Modes + 3 EMS Modes + 24 Preset Programs. You can also manually set up the pulse rate and pulse width if you want to make it more specific for your needs.

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Cervical Traction for Neck Pain Relief

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Cervical traction, or neck traction,  is a popular treatment for general neck pain relief and other specific neck pains like a pinched nerve (aka radiculopathy), disc issues, arthritis, and stenosis.

There are some precautions and contraindications to cervical traction, so make sure you check with your doctor or physical therapist before trying it.

Basically, traction gently stretches the neck to help separates the discs and joint surfaces in the cervical spine (neck).

Cervical traction can also help relieve muscle spasms, increase blood flow to injured areas, relieve pain, and help reduce numbness and tingling in the arms.

The folks at SunMy Miami sent me their Neck Pain Terminator to try. It has a unique design with an S-Shape or Z-Shape (depending on which direction you put it) to help relieve pressure through gravity.

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Day 10: Beginner Therapeutic Yoga Stretches & Exercises - Whole Body Wellness Challenge

Buy the Yoga Routine worksheetIt's Therapeutic Yoga Stretches & Exercises Day in my Whole Body Wellness Challenge for beginners! This real-time therapeutic yoga routine is simple, but effective in helping relax & relieve stress and anxiety.

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For the warm up, we will go right into diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing. This is a great way to relax the body, and it’s great to do these through all the stretches.

Starting with a seated cat/cow, seated trunk rotation, seated piriformis stretch, seated hip flexor stretch, modified eagle pose, and a seated trunk rolldown will help get the back, hips, neck, and shoulders moving.

Now for some quadruped stretches to help the body relax. Cat/cow and child’s pose will help loosen the muscles and calm them down.

Finally, a corpse pose, or savasana, is a great way to finish up a relaxing routine.

Congratulations on finishing Day 10 of my Whole Body Wellness Challenge! You did it :-)

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Day 9: Beginner Breathing & Relaxation Exercises - Whole Body Wellness Challenge

Buy the Relaxation Routine worksheetIt's Breathing & Relaxation Exercises Day in my Whole Body Wellness Challenge for beginners! This real-time relaxation routine is simple, but effective in helping relax & relieve stress and anxiety.

Learn more about the 10-Day Whole Body Wellness Challenge and download a FREE calendar so you can follow along.

For the warm up, let's go right into diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing. This is a great way to relax the body, and it’s great to do these through all the stretches.

Next is box breathing. It is also great to use imagery with this and imagine you are making a box with your eyes while you are breathing.

Then you will do deep chest breathing with a jumping jack movement with your arms.  This is also great to stretch and lengthen your spine.

Now for some stretches to help the body relax. Pelvic tilts, trunk rotation, single knee to chest, double knee to chest, cat/cow, and child’s pose will help loosen the muscles and calm them down.

Finally, a corpse pose, or savasana, is a great way to finish up a relaxing routine.

Congratulations on finishing Day 9 of my Whole Body Wellness Challenge. See you back here for Day 10!

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