HoMedics, based in Commerce Township, has announced the nationwide release of its Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad. The device, which is available without a prescription, uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, known as TENS, to block nerves from transmitting pain signals from sore and aching muscles.
Two models are available — one is designed for lower back pain, and the other focuses on the arms and legs. The product provides temporary pain relief to sore and aching muscles “as a result of strain from exercises or normal household and work activities.” It is ineffective for pain of a central origin, such as in the case of a headache.
After being turned on and applied to the source of pain, the pad device emits controlled micro-electric currents through the skin to interact with nerves/acupuncture points. According to registered physical therapist Brian Elsemore, the medical community has used the technology for years to treat pain.
“(Rapid Relief is) as simple to use as ‘apply where it hurts,’ with no drugs, no shots, no wires, and no worries about messy applications,” says Elsemore, noting that it is “easy to use and compact enough for pain sufferers to wear under their clothing …”
Priced at $29.99, the product is available at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, www.amazon.com, and www.rapidreliefpad.com.