TENS Unit and Zensah Sleeve – Your Community Recommendations

In our last community recommendations article, we reviewed Furoshiki foot wraps, the waterfall shower head, shower stool, and hemp capsules. When it comes to managing psoriatic arthritis, the best recommendations are from your fellow PsA warriors – so, without further ado, here’s a fresh batch of ideas from Psoriatic-Arthritis.com community members.

TENS Unit

I can’t believe this is the first we’ve talked about TENS Units, ladies and gents! TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Wow, that’s a mouthful. What this means is that TENS devices use electrical pulses across the skin to reduce pain. There are two main theories behind how this works. The first is that the electrical impulses confuse the nerves and disrupt pain messages from reaching the brain. The second theory is that the TENS pulses stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the natural morphine-like molecules that bind to opiate receptors in the brain and block pain (the same way morphine and codeine do). The TENS Unit website claims that TENS devices present a safe, non-invasive, drug-free way to manage pain.

Hurry Cane

I love this community suggestion. The Hurry Cane is a folding cane, which adjusts in height and has a free-standing design. The Hurry Cane has a comfortable handle, and collapses down to take up very little space (but unfolds instantly). This cane can easily fit in a purse or a trunk, and is a discrete way for you to pull a mobility aid out in a pinch.

Biotin

There’s some controversy over whether biotin vitamins actually strengthen nails in people who don’t have a deficiency, but enough of you in the community have mentioned biotin that it’s worth a nod. Biotin is a b vitamin that is involved in metabolism, but also in the creation of keratin, the main protein in your hair and nails. For this reason, many find that taking biotin supplements helps reduce the pitting, cracking, splitting, and thickening that psoriatic nails are prone to have. If you’re not one for supplements, you can also stock up on biotin-rich foods like eggs, salmon, and a variety of nuts and seeds.

Zensah Sleeve

One of the best things for psoriatic joints can be compression wear. We often hear a lot about compression gloves and compression socks, but Zensah really corners the market in compression every-wear (see what I did?). They have compression sleeves for your calves, thighs, entire arms, wrists, elbows… even for your foot arches and sleeves that go from your calf all the way to your toes. Compression wear works well for arthritis by improving blood flow, increasing warmth, and reducing swelling. Now all we need is a full body sleeve… 😉

BONUS: Tapping meditation

Tapping meditation is a meditative technique that involves tapping on your “meridian points,” many of which are the same as acupuncture points. Those who practice tapping meditation say it helps them with both physical pain and emotional distress. I’ve not tried this yet, but it’s an interesting new mindfulness meditation practice that’s becoming quite popular!

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