Power 10 Pain Reliever sold by Tri-Star Products is a device you place your feet on that claims to use both TENS and EMS technology to electronically stimulate the muscles in your body to relieve pain and soreness. They state Power 10 Pain Reliever is certified by the FDA and proven to eliminate pain without a prescription and is easy, effective, and safe for (almost) anyone (almost) anywhere on the body.
How Does Power 10 Pain Reliever Say it Works to Help with Pain?
Power 10 Pain Reliever looks kind of like a fancy white digital scale, albeit one that gives you (tiny) zaps instead of telling you how much you weigh. Power 10 Pain Reliever is said to combine the technology of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS), said to block pain transmissions to the brain, and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), said to increase blood flow, range of motion, and muscle strength. This is done by sending small, short bursts of electricity to the skin.
But does TENS and EMS really work? In spite of being prescribed by many doctors since the 1970s and praised by many people, there are few reliable clinical studies showing TENS actually works. In fact, a Canadian study, patients using TENS had the same amount of pain relief as those with a placebo treatment. Similarly, a review of EMS by researchers at the University of Melbourne concluded the treatment is promising but there was conflicting evidence that it actually works. As we showed in our article about the placebo effect, pain is one of a few conditions that can be affected by the power of suggestion alone.
Is the mere act of putting your feet on Power 10 Pain Reliever the main thing helping to reduce pain?
How to Use Power 10 Pain Reliever for Soreness or Pain
Power 10 Pain Reliever claims it’s as easy to use as putting your feet up – in this case you are resting the bottoms of your feet on the Power 10 Pain Reliever. To use it, they tell you to sit down and put your feet on the high-tech pads and choose from 25 different modes. When activated, Power 10 Pain Reliever sends a therapeutic micro current directly to your nerves and muscles via the soles of your feet (this is the EMS technology).
Power 10 Pain Reliever also comes with a couple of self-adhering electrode pads that you can attach to other parts of your body to “soothe away pain” (this is the TENS technology).
However, we just want to point out that fine print, which cautions you shouldn’t use if you are pregnant or have a pacemaker, defibrillator, or internal TENS implant containing metal; don’t attach to your head or neck. You may also experience minor skin irritations from the device.
What Does Power 10 Pain Reliever Cost Me to Buy?
Power 10 Pain Reliever lists the price as 3 payments of $49.99 plus $14.99 P&H. We’ll do the math for you: this totals to $164.96.
Power 10 Pain Reliever Money Back Guarantee and Warranty
Power 10 Pain Reliever offers a 60-day money back guarantee, minus the shipping and handling fees charged when you bought the unit and what it costs you to ship it back to them.
We could find no warranty information listed and the customer service representative that we spoke to had no further information on Power 10 Pain Reliever.
Bottom Line: Is Power 10 Pain Reliever a Great Way to Get Rid of Soreness and Pain?
Power 10 Pain Reliever appears to be a brand new product as of this writing in July 2015 so we couldn’t find any reviews, aside from the glowing testimonials in the commercial. (Power 10 Pain relief is also promoted by Dr. Steve Salvatore, an urgent care specialist and television personality.)
But there are a few things we can point out. First, this product appears to be similar to Revivative, another EMS-type of pain-relief product. Revivative sells for almost $300, has 99 levels, and includes a 2-year warranty. There are only 25 settings Power 10 Pain Reliever and no warranty listed (although it’s about half the price). Revivative was originally released in the UK and got excellent reviews from people who bought it.
Also, the Power 10 Pain Reliever is an “As Seen On TV” version of a TENS/EMS device; generally speaking and judging from comments on our website, ASOTV versions generally tend to overstate their benefits and then disappoint people who bought them.
We have to admit, Power 10 Pain Reliever certainly looks futuristic:
It’s also relatively cheap… at least compared to Revivative.
But TENS/EMS technology is still somewhat controversial as to whether these devices really work better than a placebo.
Still, if you are experiencing pain that hasn’t been helped in a clinical situation and you are willing to believe in the power of the tingly sensation and blinking lights, a device like Power 10 Pain Reliever could work for you.
Let us know your experience with Power 10 Pain Reliever. Did it work to reduce soreness and pain and help you increase movement, or was it just a pain in the [BLEEP] to get your money back?