Omron launches wireless TENS device

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Omron launches wireless TENS device

By Michael Johnsen - 01/11/2018
Omron Healthcare earlier this week announced the arrival of Avail, an innovative over-the-counter medical device for drug-free pain relief. Avail is Omron's first TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit with wireless and dual channel capability that provides relief from chronic and acute pain. The device can treat multiple pain sites simultaneously and is controlled by Omron's new mobile app, Omron TENS, enabling users to operate Avail remotely.

"Pain sufferers are already inconvenienced by their condition. Omron created Avail with wireless capability to restore their freedom of movement while they get pain relief," stated Carol Lucarelli, director marketing and product development for Omron Healthcare. "And with two separately programmable TENS devices, the Omron Avail allows for customizable, multi-site treatment for individual aches and pains."

[quote-from-article] The Omron Avail comes with two soft, contoured pads that fit comfortably and securely to treat a variety of areas of pain simultaneously. Avail's five pre-programmed Body Pain Modes soothe lower back, shoulder, knee, elbow and leg pain with recommended therapies. Avail users can also design their own therapies using five additional pulsation modes – including steady, acupuncture-like, knead, tap and microcurrent – and 20 different intensity levels.

Bluetooth connectivity on Avail provides wireless control of settings via the Omron TENS app, for on-the-go personal control of pain relief. Omron TENS for smartphones is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The Omron Avail is designed to provide symptomatic relief and management of chronic and acute pain, relief from pain associated with arthritis or with sore or aching muscles of the lower back, arms, legs, shoulders or feet due to strain from exercise or normal household work activities.

The device, which has received FDA clearance, is available for purchase at for $199.99.

Amid rising awareness and concern about opioid addiction, a problem for an estimated two million Americans, pain sufferers are seeking drug-free alternatives for relief. The Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Study of Americans (conducted in February and March 2017) revealed that 78% of Americans now prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before taking prescription medications.

"Millions of Americans experience pain on a daily basis, and Omron is investing in TENS device innovation to bring them more options for safe, effective pain management," said Lucarelli.  "Avail is our new offering to bring accessible, convenient, portable drug-free pain relief to those who need it."

A therapy regularly administered by physical therapists and chiropractors, TENS sends stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Electrical stimulation can also trigger the body to release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, and improve blood circulation. Omron was the first company to market with an over-the-counter FDA-cleared TENS medical device for use at home.

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