I ran a whopping 9 miles the past 2 days! Hallelujah for feeling better! Speaking of feeling better…
Ooh, wanna meet my new best friend? I named him Doc Oc.
Through some running blends like Skinny Runner, I started researching TENS or EStim machines and soon discovered that $300+ was not going to fly…especially not on a newlywed budget. Through a friend, I took to the lovely Amazon.com and found Doc Oc. Roughly $30???! I was willing to try it for that price!
After my 4 miler last night, I made sure to read the instructions carefully (K was on hand via text should I accidentally shock myself), used an alcohol wipe to clean off both upper leg areas and gave Doc Oc a try. I followed the directions to start with lower intensity and then increase it to a comfortable level to start out on the first try. I planned to sit for around 15 minutes … and did it in 2 sessions. The instructions said 10-15 minutes at a time, 1-2 times a day. It just felt like a vibration in my muscle, my right leg even jumped a little crazy..twitchy, twitch!
To give you more specifics on Electronic Stimulation therapy for muscle recovery:
An electric muscle stimulator is a device that sends low-level electronic pulses to your muscles in order to halt atrophy or reduce spasms. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is the most common type of e-stim used by physical therapists, particularly for back pain.
So, does it work? I won’t know yet for sure. I took the run nice and easy and this was just the first session, but I’m sure it’ll help with recovery based on all of the lovely things I’ve heard about TENS/EStim treatment, especially for runners and recovery time. I figure it doesn’t hurt! I’ll definitely keep you posted through recovering between all of these races!
Have you tried EStim treatment or would you if you haven’t?
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