This post was developed in partnership with Bayer, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the product and compensation to facilitate my review.
Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked in an office and had a housekeeper who did the typical housework tasks. Now that I’m working from home and blogging full-time, it doesn’t make sense to pay someone to do the housework. I’m home and it’s work that I can incorporate into my new schedule. I’ve been working on that and I’ve come to realize I’m not as flexible as I was 15 years ago. Also, my home is much larger now than when I first got married and did the housework myself. I quickly (and I do mean quickly) discovered that mopping the floors, bending, reaching, and squatting started causing pain in my lower back. When Bayer approached me and asked me to test the Aleve® Direct Therapy™ TENS Device, I was thrilled to hear it came onto the market in July 2016. I need something that can relieve the aching I’m experiencing in my lower back from changing my daily routine. Let’s a take a closer look at this device and what type of relief it can provide and how!
What is the Aleve Direct Therapy TENS Device?
Aleve Direct Therapy uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). The product is sold online and in major stores in the aisle where you can find topical pain relief products. There are two clinical theories of how TENS can relieve pain: 1) by blocking the transmission of pain 2) by stimulating endorphins, the body’s natural pain-reducing chemicals. The product doesn’t provide permanent relief but is a painless drug-free method for the relief of sore and aching muscles due to exercise, typical work tasks, and household activities. The device is worn on the lower back and attached via gel pads. It has 15 levels of intensity as people have different needs and different responses to the therapy. The device uses a patented technology to deliver the TENS to help relieve lower back pain. This was a treatment that was previously only available in medical offices and is now approved by the FDA for home use in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and directions.
Inside the box is everything you need to get started:
- 2 AAA batteries
- Screw driver to remove panel to install batteries
- Wireless remote synched to the device with a battery installed
- User manual
- Warning and precautions sheet
- Gel pads
- Welcome card with toll free support number to get assistance
- Discount card for replacement gel pads
I wish everything I bought came with batteries and a screw driver to access the battery compartment! I really appreciated everything I needed being in the box.
My experience using the Aleve TENS Device
I found the medium setting to be ideal and I notice a tingling sensation when the device is on. The manufacturer indicates the sensation may be different depending on the individual and the setting used. The device automatically turns off after 30 minutes of use, which is convenient so I don’t have to watch the clock. It definitely relieved the tight achy feeling that I get when I’m hunched over mopping the floor. That is the one task that bothers me the most, the entire time I’m doing it. With dusting and yard work, I usually experience tired muscles afterwards so I use the device when I notice my muscles are tired and aching for a couple of sessions while watching television.
The manual that comes with the device is easy to read and very clear. There are specific warnings and precautions about using the device that are important to read to ensure you are a candidate for use. You should also never hesitate to ask your doctor questions about the device or any ongoing back pain that is outside the scope of what the Aleve Direct Therapy Device is intended for.
Once the batteries are installed, the gel pads are attached to the back of the device and when you remove the protective covering, the pads will stick to clean, dry skin. You get multiple uses out of the gel pads. I saved the protective coverings to place back on the pads when I was done using the device to extend their use.
This product came at an ideal time for me because my daily activities and the type of work I do in my home has changed so much in the last couple months. Without the device, I don’t know that I would have believed I could take the new tasks on. Maybe I would have pushed forward but certainly not without resentment that I wasn’t getting more help from the rest of the family. The Aleve Direct Therapy TENS Device has been a lifesaver for me and I’ve already purchased a set of replacement pads. The replacements were easy to locate. There is a special discount offer in the box for replacement pads.
Find out more here about the Aleve Direct Therapy Device and the retailers that carry it in your area. There is also a link on the right hand side of the page where you can provide your information to receive special offers, news, and discounts from Aleve.