05 Jan What You Need to Know About Offering Bioelectronic Therapy
Here’s What You Need to Know About Offering Bioelectronic Therapy
With Google entering the bioelectronic therapy space, we’ve seen a renewed interest in devices like our WellnessPro Plus that provides electrotherapy pain relief. Many physicians and therapists had heard about TENS and electrotherapy in the past, but now are giving it a second look to see if it makes sense for including it in their health and wellness programs.
We believe the space is only going to get larger and think now is the perfect time to start education yourself and your practice on what bioelectronic devices currently do and where the future of these devices will take us.
The great news is that you’re looking at a category of care that can address many of today’s common aches and pains without the side effects and dangers that opioids are splashing across newspaper headlines.
Established Pain Relief for Many
The science and thoughts behind bioelectronic therapy reach back ages, but the practice of using TENS devices as part of a therapy and help regimen really took off in the 1970s.
Biomedicine and TENS devices can be used to address pain in a wide variety of conditions. It started out working on back pain caused by spinal concerns, such as degeneration and disc problems. Treatments slowly expanded to help with nerve pain from conditions such as diabetes, cancer-related pains, migraines, and even some cases of phantom-limb pain.
Sports and therapy facilities have started turning to bioelectronic devices like the WellnessPro to treat muscle pain due to overuse or from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The broad application comes not only because biomedicine can address pain through electrotherapy, but it also can help increase circulation in treated areas, and some people have reported improvements in their sleep and motor functions.
A leading bioelectronic therapy device will come with an initial investment of a few thousand dollars. You’re typically buying a complete system at the beginning, so it will come with your device, lead wires, pads, power options or batteries, and gels.
Costs significantly decrease after that purchase, with treatments costing you just a few dollars to provide to your patients. This allows you to keep costs manageable while still covering your overhead, insurance, and other business expenses.
Moving beyond the basic TENS model allows you to address a wider range of patient needs and ailments. The latest in bioelectronics is proving to be a smart investment for more and more care settings.
Low Risk of Side Effects
Bioelectronic therapy and TENS devices are generally a good fit for most adults. There are some heart health conditions that should restrict TENS use, and it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or anyone who has epilepsy.
These are common warnings for many of today’s non-pharmaceutical treatment options.
The good news for bioelectronics is that they don’t come with the laundry list of side effects we often see with other treatments, pharmaceuticals and otherwise. When compared to drug therapy, TENS is a safer approach for addressing pain.
The most common side effects are soreness in muscles, temporary muscle spasms during treatment if the device’s intensity is set to high, and allergic reactions to the pads — roughly 2.5% of users experience some skin irritation or allergy.
The Research Looks Good
Bioelectronic therapy is starting to move into more treatment and care settings, with a variety of recommendations and acknowledgments.
At the end of 2016, Jeffrey M. Thompson, M.D. at the Mayo Clinic wrote that bioelectronic could be a treatment for fibromyalgia pain because bioelectronics is helping to control and relieve different types of chronic pain. He noted that bioelectronic therapy is “often used to treat osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and postoperative pain.”
Dr. Thompson noted that new research is showing electrotherapy to be effective specifically in reducing pain for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions where pain is not localized. This acknowledgment expands bioelectronic therapy to a new category of pain causes.
With all the news of opioid health concerns and research now showing that opioids may actually lengthen chronic pain and reduce the body’s ability to resolve pain on its own, bioelectronic medicine may move into the spotlight thanks to lower risks, fewer side effects, and a smaller cost for both practitioner and patient.
To learn more about advances in bioelectronics and what Electromedical is helping to provide, contact us through our site here and we’ll help put bioelectronics in the right context for your office.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of electrotherapy and how electrical stimulation can provide you with all-natural pain relief, download your free brochure about the WellnessPro Plus , the most advanced doctor-recommended TENS unit on the market. If you have specific questions, contact Electromedical Technologies or call us at toll-free (888) 880-7888.