Spine Stimulation With Electrical Shock
Todays guest article discusses a new form of back pain therapy that involves electrical shok stimulations.
It tells the story of Betty Jones who injured her back in a car accident 40 years ago, yet lives with unrelenting back pain every day.
“I was in the hospital. Had therapy. But I never got rid of the pain,” said Jones.
Instead of going the surgery route, she thought she would try spinal cord stimulation, a treatment that sends electricity up and down the spine to mask the pain.
The device that is used has been nicknamed the “pacemaker for pain” is inserted through the epidural space in the back of the spine. The wires sit on top of the spinal cord, changing pain messages sent to the brain.
Doctors report that “It’s been greatly effective for people who have chronic pain.”
The devices wires are then connected to an implanted rechargeable battery.
The electrical pulses can be controlled by the patient to relieve the pain.
Does it fix the problem?
Well no, consider it pain management if you will. Does it help? Betty Jones replies “Compared to what it used to be, it’s nothing” .
Pro Massage Therapy Comments
This new device is an actual implant that is inserted under the skin. Remember, it does not solve the problem, it merely manages it. But I guess when you live with 40 years of constant pain like Betty, and extra strength Tylenols are just not cutting it, this may look like a viable option.
Could massage therapy help in this situation? I don’t know, since Betty and I have never met. But I do know this. Neuromuscular massage works out all of the deep knots that cause back pain. It also addresses the trigger points that often are invisible to others. It also addresses Ischemia, a restriction of the blood flow to a particular area of the body.
Neuromuscular massage compliments any back pain treatements you may be considering.
What you need to remember about Spine Stimulation.
Since this only masks the problem, the cause for the pain is stilll there. The patients needs to becareful of over exerting themselves because they know feel “better”.
Do you see the danger here? This device blocks the pain signals to the brain. In other words the pain signals are still there, they just are not felt any more. The patient must be careful not to hurt themselves further because of a false sense of security. Communicate with your doctor before doing any strenuous activities.