This post was developed in partnership with Bayer, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the Aleve® Direct Therapy TM TENS Device and compensation to facilitate my review.
As I’ve said in the past… I’ve been known to work out. A lot. In fact, I’ve been known to work out, clean, pick up my kids (both literally and just from school), dance, write and photograph families, dogs, kids and wine bottles.
The irony is that, with this incredibly active lifestyle, I’ve also been known to have some pretty bad lower back pain. While not crippling, it’s annoying, makes me feel tired, old and grumpy, and also makes me go OOOOOOMMPH when I get up from a chair.
None of these things are particularly attractive.
And after a barrage of options to alleviate my lower back pain I still hadn’t found anything that really helped.
Enter in the Aleve Direct Therapy TENS Device. It’s a mouthful right? But this thing with the incredibly long sounding name actually has done one amazing thing… it’s helped with my lower back pain.
Aleve Direct Therapy uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), a therapy that uses electrical stimulation to relieve pain. There are two clinical theories of how TENS can relieve pain: by blocking the transmission of pain, and by stimulating endorphins, the body’s natural pain-reducing chemicals.
And it really does work. At first it felt like a massage, but after trying to move the gel pads around I realized that it wasn’t massage, it was ELECTRICAL. Like, awesome, soothing, massaging electrical pulses in a discreet device that sticks on your back with gel pads, comes with a remote (so cool) and alleviates your pain as you clean or just sit, typing a post for your blog on the computer. Yup, I’m totally wearing it right now.
I used it tonight as I put the kids down after a busy day, letting it pulse away the stress in my lower back that came from a rainy Sunday with stir crazy kids. It took the edge off the pain, relaxed my aching lower back and has made me significantly more comfortable and pleasant.
Aleve, my children thank you… as does that gigantic pile of laundry that is begging to be folded.