Sunday, November 15, 2015

PM-120 Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager Review

Santamedical PM-120 Rechargeable Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager is a compact, portable, micro-computer controlled device. It can be used on many areas in your body, including arms, neck and shoulders, back, legs, feet, joints etc.

It may help to relieve pain and numbness in the following situations: stiff neck, muscle pains, numbness from some chronic condition, carpal-tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms, or may prevent muscle atrophy. Recharge the internal lithium battery to keep it powered up for massages.

-Six Auto Modes (stimulation programs) and Pause button
-10- to 60-minute timer with auto shut-off, 20-minute default setting
-Adjustable massage strength levels with gradual increase / decrease setting option

My Review:
3 stars

Since I suffer from frequent back and neck pain, I've been looking into using tens unit therapy to help with my pain. So when I was given the opportunity to use this, I jumped at it. To start with, I had to read through 5 pages of safety warnings (which is a bit intimidating since the guide is only 12 pages long). The set up was fairly simple. However, this is when I ran into my next problem.

I wish the guide had provided more information about where it was safe to use this device. All that was provided were pictures on the back of the guide. There was no explanation beyond that, which I would have liked since I wasn't sure exactly where to place them (and the photos only went so far in helping). Plus, there was no information regarding whether or not the device could be used on areas outside of those pictured. Also, though this was supposed to help with neck pain, there wasn't a picture of where on the neck these could be placed, so I didn't know if it would be safe to do so. And even when placing the pads on my shoulders, it didn’t do anything to ease my neck pain, which was a major reason why I wanted to use this.

Next, I was able to choose what settings I wanted to use. This is where I ran into my biggest issue. There was no explanation anywhere of what each mode was. I just had to go through and experiment with each one, which led to me painfully discovering that I could not stand all the modes. The last one I tried was very painful, and I still don’t know what setting it is supposed to represent. I would have liked to know more about the modes, as I feel that probably would have made a great difference in whether or not I would use each mode. I also discovered that if you use all 4 pads at the same time, you can’t change the intensity depending on where you are using the pads. I found this an issue, as I need to use a lower intensity on my lower back than I do on my upper back. So even though the device is set up to use all 4 at the same time, you can’t do so unless you are using the same intensity level for both areas.

However, I did like the fact that I could adjust how long I wanted the device to run, even being able to adjust the time while it was on. I could just add or subtract time with the push of a button, no muss, no fuss. I also liked that the device had a pause button, as I did need to move the pads around a few times during. Plus, if I needed to take a break during a longer session, I was able to.

And now, for the big question: did it work? Unfortunately, not very much. While I felt good while using the device and I did feel some temporary relief, it never lasted for more than 15 minutes or so. Even after using this constantly for almost two weeks, I still haven't noticed any change in my level of pain. So while this is nice to use just as a temporary relief, I wouldn't pay $35 for it or recommend it to those looking for serious pain relief.

*I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.*

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