As funny as it may sound to some I had a rollerblading accident while skating with my son a few months back — not that I can’t skate but as I was trying to teach my son to skate another person who could not stop hit us from behind unexpectedly. Since I had no time to react I fell and ended up dislocating my SI joint in my lower back. I had chiropractic and sports therapy to re-align it but from time to time I still had discomfort and was looking for options to relieve the ache and pain. I was told to look at home TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) units that would stimulate the nerves and surrounding muscle and could help. I have had the chance to review a few different products all with slightly different features and options. Omron’s new Pain Relief Pro TEN’s unit was among the devices I had a chance to review. Featuring 5 preset pain modes, 3 relaxation massage modes, and 10 power levels Omron’s device should provide all the features and options for anyone looking to relieve pain with a TEN’s unit.
What’s in the box:
In the box you will find the Omron Pain Relief Pro Unit with soft travel pouch, removable belt clip, 2 aaa batteries, 2 long life pads with holder, cords, manual, quick start guide and pad placement guide. This package comes with the regular sized pads which are plenty big but you can also purchase larger pads direct from Omron if that’s what you need.
Setup & Performance
Setup of the unit was very simple and there are not many buttons that you need to worry about being confused about. An on/off button, mode, and intensity. One thing was that the battery compartment required a screwdriver or coin to open but probably better not having to worry the batteries are going to fall out while using or traveling. Depending on your pain or discomfort the unit offers 10 levels of output — the first few I could hardly feel but once you get around 5 you start to feel it kick-in. 10 is pretty powerful, especially for such a small unit but not unbearable but could help relieve pain in a lot of situations for sure. I quickly reviewed the placement guide and also checked the warnings and then was able to play around with the unit.
I tried the Omron Pain Relief pro mainly on my lower back where I had the SI Joint problem but also experimented with other recommended locations too. Not that it was really alleviating any pain in the other locations but did test the massage functions and it was very relaxing even at the lower output levels. I also had some fun with it on my triceps watching them jump as the electricity was delivered — my wife was not as amused. The size of the unit is great too about the size of a smartphone length and about as thick as a small tv remote.
Of course, don’t be stupid and place the pads on sensitive areas like your eyes or across your chest — you will be asking for problems. One thing I do really like about the Omron Pain Relief Pro unit is the size of the electrode pads compared to some other products on the market with smaller pads. You can also get many applications with the long-life pads but replacements can be kind of costly and finding third-party brands that will work with the unit was not easy. I also found if you do have hair in the areas you are going to apply the pads to they do not stick as well so you really can’t move around too much after the first few uses. If you want to move around I would set the pads up and wrap an ace bandage to keep them in place. Besides that I really enjoyed the Omron Pain Relief Pro and it did a great job at relive the pain and discomfort I was having and is without a doubt much cheaper than multiple visits to the doctor if you don’t need them.
Omron has developed a powerful and easy to use TENS unit that can help alleviate pain and discomfort through electro therapy that fits in the palm of your hand.
- Easy to use
- Power Output
- Long lasting pads
- Travel pouch
- Hair causes a problem with stickiness
- Replacement pads can be pricey if using a lot