You probably know someone – maybe yourself – that suffers from chronic pain, painful diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, sciatica and osteoarthritis among other conditions. It is estimated that over 100 million Americans alone suffer from chronic pain and 51-percent of those feel they have little control over the pain no matter what medicines they take – either over the counter (OTC) or with a prescription. The worst time of day is when they are trying to sleep where 86-percent complain of poor sleep and a restless night. Of those surveyed, 60-percent claim this daily pain severely affects their quality of sleep and life. When your sleep is disrupted, it can end up limiting your daily activities and this can become a never ending cycle.
NeuroMetrix, an innovative health-care company that develops wearable medical technology developed Quell, to help chronic pain suffers to experience relief, help them stay active and help them to sleep better. It's wearable technology that you control and is completely drug-free, and what is important is that Quell's OptiTherapy automatically adjusts to deliver the optimal pain relief day or night. It works by stimulating the sensory nerves that carry neural pulses to your brain that trigger a natural response that blocks pain signals throughout your body. They call their technology WINS, for wearable intensive nerve stimulation. It is comfortable and safe enough to wear 24/7 – even while you sleep. You snap the electrodes to the strap that you put around your upper calf – push the on/off button and that is all there is to it. 81-percent of participants rated Quell as improving their management of chronic pain and overall health, and 67-percent reported a reduction in use of pain medications…and it is FDA approved.
NeuroMetrix has added a new Quell Relief app that is available in the Google Play Store that works directly with the Quell device via a Bluetooth connection. The app will track your therapy and sleep quality and then present its findings via charts and bar graphs. The app will show you the length of your therapy and how many minutes is left for that session, show you a history of how many sessions it administered each day and it keeps a history of the quality of your sleep sessions. Through the app you can also keep track of the battery life of your Quell Pain Relief device.
The Quell wearable pain relief starter kit that contains one Quell device, one adjustable sports band, a one month supply of electrodes (2), a charger cable and charger adapter will cost you $249.00. The Quell Electrodes are designed to be replace every two weeks and are sold in a one month supply for $29.95 or a three month supply for $89.85. It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee and has a two-year warranty. This type of wearable does cost some money, but for chronic pain suffers, if it works for you, it may be worth it. The Quell device works independently of the app, but the app is free and if you use a smartphone, it would be nice to track the sessions and keep a history of those sessions to discuss with your doctor.