About a month ago I received, gratis in exchange for an honest review, a new handheld device called Benepod®. My first reaction was, “How cute!”
The Benepod fits snugly in my hand which is a good thing because there is nothing else to hold it in place. My initial use was on a tight trapezius muscle. That’s the muscle on each side of the neck that people reach behind their head to massage. It should not look like you are Gul Dukat, a Cardassian from Deep Space 9, but I frequently resemble him when I spend time on the computer. Here’s a quick video clip to illustrate.
As expected, the trapezius loosened as I held the device over it. By the time its charge was spent, there was no more tight trap. In fact, the muscle remained loose for several days after treatment. As I’d had a chronically tight trapezius since severe whiplash caused by an accident in 1995, I was frankly astounded.
Thermal Grill Pain Control
Benepod simultaneously uses hot and cold to fight pain. By applying contrasting sensations at the same time to a particular point on the body, the Benepod engages natural healing abilities. This occurs is through a theory of pain control known as the thermal grill illusion.
Although identified in 1896 by Swedish physician Torsten Thunberg, researchers didn’t begin to really study it until about 10 years ago. The thermal grill illusion occurs when nerves just under the skin can’t distinguish between the hot and cold stimuli. Consequently, this triggers a short-term intense–but not painful–sensation. This nerve overload is proven to effectively mask or even completely eliminate pain for a period of time. It appears to be an especially effective non-drug treatment for pain remaining after a stroke.
According to the material that came with it, the patented technology used in the Benepod effectively treats neck pain, knee pain, arthritis of the hands, headaches, and various other forms of musculoskeletal pain. The Benepod uses a standard wall charger and USB-C cable. It is compatible with most USB accessories, such as portable batteries used to charge cell phones and other portable electronics. It arrives with a long cord, making it easy to recharge without having to leave my bed.
With the promotional literature in mind, I used the Benepod to reduce a chronic knot in my left masseter (jaw) muscle, also a symptom remaining after the 1995 accident. In addition to whiplash, being T-boned also gave me temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). I wore a mouthpiece for months and was unable to eat solid food for weeks. After more than 20 years, the muscle swelling was still apparent. After just one Benepod treatment almost a month ago now, I still have not had the tightness return.
Real Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
With two solid wins on chronically tight, inflamed muscles, I wondered how it would work for fibro pain. I often get hit in my left arm extending from the deltoid, where the arm meets the shoulder and where nurses give injections, through the triceps, biceps, and forearm flexor muscles and into the wrist and hand. Even when I consider the pain manageable, I still cannot put pressure on that side. It is a frequent cause of painsomnia.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when this fibromyalgia pain was significantly reduced after one treatment to the deltoid–before I took any muscle relaxants or pain medication. However, to achieve a complete cessation of all pain I had to recharge several times and hold the pod on different areas of my arm and wrist.
After coming in from working in the garden, and a lot of bending and straightening, my lower back was in spasm. I charged up the Benepod and slipped it into my underpants to hold against my spine at around S1. I’d had disc bulging at L4-L6 since moving a bedridden patient by myself more than 20 years ago.
As the device discharged, I no longer felt lower back pain. Then the soreness in my thoracic (chest area) spine became evident. The upper back didn’t hurt earlier probably because the lower back was more painful. After a short period spent recharging, I slipped the Benepod into the back of my bra along the spine. No more soreness.
I can’t get over how well this works!
This morning I woke with neuropathic pain in my right first through third toes. Instead of getting up and taking my morning dose of gabapentin, I fired up the Benepod.
This was a little trickier to hold in place since I didn’t want to remain hunched over with my hand on the toes. I ended up sitting in a modified Lotus yoga posture with my painful toes and Benepod curved inside and held against my left calf. The pain was significantly reduced after one application. It disappeared following two applications.
The only downside I could find after more than a month of use was that you have to either hold the Benepod on a painful spot with other hand or a body part or secure it with clothing. For example, I would pull a long sleeve up over my elbow and hold the pod on the underside of the elbow with my cuff. In other areas, I used a scarf, gauze or another long, soft material to bind it in place.
Saringer Life Science Technologies, the maker of the Benepod, produces other devices for the medical marketplace. For example, they have a unit that prevents or treats deep vein thrombosis, peripheral artery disease, and other circulatory issues. Interesting to anyone who had a total knee replacement, the company’s founder was the inventor of the Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) machine that flexed and extended the new knee joint following surgery.
Here’s a link to Salinger’s web page. https://www.saringer.com/.
And for your convenience, here’s one for the Benepod on Amazon. https://amzn.to/2rm5klV.
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