YBLTV Review: BewellConnect MyTens
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), unlike EMS, is a process developed to manage chronic pain. TENS units stimulate the nerves to keep pain signals from reaching the brain. Neck pain, shoulder pain, gout, back pain, and on and on.
Tens isn’t new either, but technology has made TENS incredibly easy, efficient and more versatile, working hand in hand with EMS providing options and plans to ease pain, relax muscles and more. So, when I had the opportunity to test a new product from a French company, BewellConnect, I was eager to do it.
First, a little history, Clyde Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.–an American neurosurgeon and pioneer in pain medicine is credited with the invention of a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator. A graduate of Duke University’s medical school, he spent 3 plus years at The Western Reserve School of medicine researching and developing a spinal cord stimulator and a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
Today there are several TENS units on the market. I checked out several. Most of them ask users to dial the intensity of the Electrical stimulation via a separate control unit, many come with different style electrodes that connect to the body, some are basically massager pads with a battery, others have various charging options.
The BewellConnect MyTens is a medical device that combines TENS and EMS properties. So, users can choose stimulating nerves for temporary pain relief, as well as stimulating healthy muscles to improve performance. A win, win as far I was concerned. Here’s all you do:
Charge the pods on a laptop or a tablet via a USB port or simply a wall outlet.
Install the free MyTens app from Apple or Google Store and turn on Bluetooth.
Open the app. Screen 1 lets you choose Pain Relief, Muscle Stimulation, Relaxation, or Fitness Categories.
Click your choice then choose a body zone on Screen 2:
Next, select a program on Screen 3:
(See all the pre-set program descriptions in the booklet provided with the device. You can adjust to your specific pain level in pain programs.)
Connect the pods to the electrodes and position them according to the image on Screen 4 of the app. Then click start.
Push the power button on the MyTens pod. And click OK on Screen 5:
Bluetooth will scan for the device and connect. Your program starts and ends automatically. And if you need to stop the program for some reason just click the button on the pod, to turn off the ‘on’ light.
At first, I was a little anxious about MyTens. BewellConnect has a list of warnings in the instruction booklet, but after thinking about it, so do a lot of products I use at home. Furthermore, the warnings are practical and stress many things that are just plain common sense.
When I began using BewellConnect MyTens, I chose Pain Level 1 and a pain scale of 3 to ease a shoulder badly strained from lifting weights. Didn’t feel a thing, but the pain seemed to ease a bit. A few hours later I upped the pain level to 8. It made a difference when the 30-minute session was up. I was able to raise my arms above my head with very little discomfort which diminished, even more, an hour or so after the session.
In the past 10 days, I’ve had about 6 pain relief sessions on my shoulder, and I am very pleased with the results. I plan on using a Relaxation category after a few more pain sessions. I’ve also tried the Relaxation category after workouts, about 4 sessions. I found I did not ache the day after a particularly strenuous workout–walking 6 miles for example when I usually walk about 3 miles.
The BewellConnect MyTens device comes with 2 pods and 2 electrode pads that are sticky on the back. They should be good for about 15 sessions, according to the instructions. I’ve done 14, and they are still adhering to my skin. The MyTens Pro package comes with 4 pods and 4 electrodes. Both sets come with a USB cord plus an outlet connection.
The ability to block pain without drugs is number 1. Number 2 is the combination of TENS and Ems programs: block pain, and relax and strengthen muscles with one unit. Number 3, Portability, ease of operation, preset programs. Number 4, a company that creates so many technologically advanced wireless products for keeping and charting good health.
Attaching the pods to the electrodes must be done before positioning the pods on your body.It’s easy on a flat, hard surface. I tried doing it in reverse but discovered it was quite hard to click the pod and pad together once the pads were secured to my body. You should buy extra electrode pads when you buy the device – if you wait, receiving them could take awhile depending on order and shipping times.
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, DIY Pipeline received the BewellConnect MyTens for free from BewellConnect in consideration for a Product Review.
BewellConnect was an Exhibitor at the 2018 CES Show.