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 the company.
Today, I am reviewing the TechCare Pro TENS Unit.
For those unfamiliar with the term, TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This kind of stimulation can help to relieve muscle tension and pain by essentially exercising muscles using electricity. TENS units help provide that stimulation via electrodes the user places on their body. The user then controls the intensity and type of stimulation via the unit itself.
Having used some TENS units in the past, I really appreciated that the TechCare Pro was really light. Others I've had have been heavy and a little difficult to manage. It was easy to plug in the electrodes and easy to utilize those.
It comes with two differently sized kinds of electrodes - a set of tiny ones and a set of larger ones. The larger ones are about the same size that one might find in a drugstore or elsewhere. The tiny ones are smaller than I've seen elsewhere and that was actually pretty nice to have. I was able to use those in spots that were more difficult to get the others onto like around my collarbones.
One thing I found odd with this unit is that there is no start/stop/pause button. Once you turn on the device, it's on and going. If you want to switch modes, you have to turn it off and then get back to the mode and intensity you want to utilize. That would be amazing to have on this unit as it would allow for repositioning of electrodes - or even a quick bathroom break - without turning the unit off.
The button in the middle that one might assume is a pause button actually changes the modes. See, there are these kind of 'parent-modes' - those you see in the photo above - and each parent-mode has 2-4 modes within it. I do wish these modes were slightly more straightforward. However, it's easy enough to switch between these modes that it really doesn't bother me.
All in all, this isn't necessarily the most intuitive device - but does it work?
Yes, yes it does.
This is one of the most comfortable and effective TENS units I've ever used.
The low-intensity levels are effective on light pain. I haven't had to go past mid-level intensity on any of these modes in order to get relief.
The fact that it's so lightweight means that it's perfect for me. Between traveling a lot and having major fatigue issues lately, heavier units of any kind are getting more and more difficult to utilize. Heck, my television remote isn't the easiest for me to hold lately. This is lighter than that, even.
The price honestly can't be beat, either. Similar devices can be several hundred dollars, but this one costs far less.
You can snag your own TechCare Pro Silver TENS Unit over on Amazon.