Thermal Devices:
hot and cold therapy

The application of heat to a painful part of the body will usually lessen the discomfort by allowing muscles to relax. The increased blood flow to the area brings with it oxygen and other nutrients.

It is often recommended that cold or ice be applied to a painful part of the body- especially for a new injury or when experiencing headaches.

Do whatever feels better to you to lessen the discomfort.

Thermal Assistive Devices include : Heating pads, microwaveable packs, paraffin wax baths, warm baths and  showers, and ice packs (including frozen vegetables).

Assistive devices:

Pillows, back supports, splints, braces, reaching devices, orthotics- are some of the assistive devices that can be used to ‘support’ a painful or weak part of the body- while still allowing you to do that task.

Having your neck in a comfortable position will allow you to sleep better.

Using a back support may help you sit for longer periods of time

But all devices are meant to be used ‘as needed’. NO device- no style- no product- is perfect for everyone ( different shapes and sizes)

You have to TRY different assistive devices (including pillows)- to find the one that  fits you  properly.

Electro-therapeutic Devices:

Treatment in a health provider clinic, often involves the use of  electrotherapeutic devices -like

  • TENS (trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulator),
  •  IFC (interferential current)

This is not a complete list but the goal of using these devices is to assist in lessening the feeling of pain (whatever  it is) – – so that your therapy program (which usually involves exercise ) can be more effective.

Many of these units are available for home use- and you may want to discuss their use with your health provider,

Emitting different frequencies and intensities of current, they can often assist in controlling acute or chronic painful muscle and nerve problems.

Being able to use these devices ‘when you need them’ (think of it as a treatment session), can assist with  improved pain control.

Mobility Devices:

Canes, Walkers, walking poles, scooters

Do you think you have to be a certain age for these products to be beneficial?

Are you embarrassed about using them?  Why?

Mobility devices will allow us to move more efficiently, more evenly, putting less strain on Ouchy joints and muscles.

For people experiencing visual or spatial problems (after a neurologic or orthopaedic event), a walker or walking poles often provide that ‘edge’ so that you better know where you are in space .

Scooters can assist the person with diminished walking ability to better involve themselves in their daily activities.

Like all devices, think of mobility devise as ‘a means to an end’ and use them as needed.

Keep reminding yourself that “ Controlling the (our Ouchy or annoying feelings) will enable become more active.

Use these devices as part of your pain/ symptom management program.