It may not look it, but golf is a sport that can take a toll on one’s body. Think about it, on practically every swing there is a collision between the clubhead and the ground, which sends vibrations up to a player’s wrist and arms. Couple that with the amount of torque that gets placed on a player’s back, and it is easy to see that a lot of continuous golf can lead to numerous nagging aches and pains. Instead of just relying on Advil and ice, a TENS unit offers a different way to find relief. Being one of those golfers who deals with back and shoulder pain, the opportunity to test such a device from truMedic was unquestionably welcome.
This truMedic TENS unit has a lot of positive things going for it, starting off with its form factor, which is slightly taller, narrower, and lighter than the average cell phone. Inside the casing is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which means you don’t need to be tethered to the wall while using it. Instead, users can freely move about, depending on which area of the body is receiving treatment. On the front, there is a backlit screen which makes it easily visible to see what setting, time, and intensity level is currently in use. With the way all of the information is laid out on the screen, even someone who is not familiar with working such a device should experience a quick learning curve.
There are five different pre-programmed auto procedures which include back, shoulder, joint, leg, and continuous. Offering a way to personalize the treatment more, there are also three different massage modes which include massage, beat, and knead. From playing around with the various options, the big difference comes from the pattern of impulses that travel through the electrode pads. Throughout the last couple of weeks, all but joint were used multiple times, with continuous being the one that got used most often, thanks to a consultation with a physical therapist. After selecting the mode, it is up to the user to choose the level of intensity. Built-in are 20 different levels that start off mild and can reach an extremely powerful sensation, which can also be painful if one goes too high. Along with changing the pulse level, users can also set how much time they want the device to run for, up to two continuous hours.
Incorporating this TENS unit into a regular golf routine paid some early dividends. As was mentioned earlier, the constant aches, tightness, and pain that plague me are in my shoulder, back, and more recently knee. Being someone who prefers to tee off in the first handful of groups, it means early mornings with some limited stretching time and a not so loose first few swings. By utilizing the TENS unit for 20-30 minutes before leaving the house, my back felt consistently better before stepping on the first tee box. While it won’t necessarily replace a pre-round range session, those sessions are pretty rare when the tee time is at 6 AM. Post round treatment was much of the same, and it helped keep my body feeling better for a good portion of the day. On non-golf days, the TENS unit provided relief that usually lasted around 45 minutes.
Inside the box, truMedic has provided everything that will help users gets up and running from day one. They have included an extra set of electrode pads, as well as a nice folio case to keep everything in order and serves the purpose of helping make this an excellent device for traveling. With proper care, the electrode pads should last for around thirty uses each, and replacement pads won’t break the bank. Will this be something that remains in my pre-round routine? Without a doubt, it is something that will be used regularly before early morning rounds, and be used to help alleviate some post-round soreness. It is easy to recommend a TENS unit to golfers who experience aches, pains, and muscle soreness, as it has proven to be an effective way to combat those symptoms. TruMedic has a wide variety of massagers and TENS units available at www.trumedic.com. Currently, on their site, this TM-1000PRO unit tested in this review is on sale for $139.