I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by Oska Wellness.
The Oska Pulse is one of the coolest devices I have had the pleasure of testing, and that's not just because of its story.
Oska is actually named after a koala!
Oscar had been injured in a brush fire in Queensland, Australia. His wounds weren't healing and he was in a lot of pain. They weren't sure that the little guy was going to make it.
As a last resort, the treating vet used a device a friend had that utilized electromagnetic fields to help with healing. They placed the device next to Oscar. He began to sleep through the night without whimpering in pain - and his skin finally started responding to antibiotics and began to dry and heal.
Eventually, Oscar was able to go back into the wild.
Shirley Hawker, one of the founders of Oska, was so touched that she wanted to name the Pulse after this little guy. To make it sound more Australian, though, they named is Oska.
Now that we've had our daily dose of cute...
What is the Oksa Pulse?
The Oska Pulse is a portable pain-relieving device that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) to do its job. There are four frequencies used concurrently during operation. Each one of these helps with a different task - easing muscle pain, aiding in bone repair, dilation the capillaries, and reducing pain. All of these tasks also help with recovering from injuries, too, making the Pulse a great way to tackle both short- and long-term health issues.
One of the things I love about Oska Wellness as a company is that they have a ton of journal articles and research on their site for your perusal. These talk about the benefits of PEMF technologies for joint pain, recovery time, muscle pain, and more.
This runs for half an hour at a time. Unlike products that have to directly touch your skin via electrodes, though, you can just turn this right back on and don't need to let your skin rest.
It comes with a strap that the device can slide in, a charger, and a very comprehensive guide.
Okay, that's fascinating and all, but does it actually work?
A few months ago, I started getting trigger point injections. After the first set, I was in a crapload of pain once the lidocaine wore off. I had to take some of my very few opiates left over from my bursitis adventure last January.
It was awful.
A couple of sets in, I received my Oska Pulse. I figured that a great way to test this out was to see if it helped post-injections.
And it did.
Is it like a TENS?
Not at all!
You don't get zaps or zings with the Oska Pulse. It's also pretty quiet, though you may hear a light buzz.
This isn't really a device for breakthrough pain like a TENS is. The Oska Pulse aims to prevent pain from happening in the first place. With that said, I had to start using this a few days before my injections so that I knew that it would be effective.
I've been using my Oska Pulse nearly daily since then. It has greatly reduced the amount of pain that I experience in my upper back, shoulder, and neck - my worst body parts. I have used it on bruises which have healed more quickly than usual - which is good since, between my anemia and clumsiness, I'm great at getting random bruises.
Is it worth it?
At about $400, the Oska Pulse is pricey. This is competitively priced when compared with some of the other PEMF devices, which can cost upwards of $6,000! It's also a lot more mobile than the other guys, which can wind up looking like a giant car battery.
No, thank you!
My Oska Pulse is perfect for me - lightweight, easy to handle, and incredibly powerful. Add in that it comes with the strap, making it easy to use wherever on the body?
I'm head over heels for it.
If you're interested in snagging the Oska Pulse, click here and use the coupon code 'NSSD' to receive a 5% discount!