New Age Massager is the latest consumer pain relief device that uses TENS therapy to ease sore muscles and joints, especially in the lower back (see Smart Relief). New Age Massager states it has 8 different settings, 10 different power levels, and an automatic timer.
What Is TENS Therapy?
As the New Age Massager website states, TENS therapy is short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and was once only available to doctors and physical therapists. This involves hooking up wires to the affected areas of the body and giving them tiny jolts of electricity. It is thought that these pulses of energy either act as a gate to shut off pain impulses that travel along the spine or release endorphins that make you feel better – New Age Massager claims their device does both. What they leave off the site is that TENS therapy is controversial because it has never been clinically proven to be effective for lower back pain.
How New Age Massager Works
New Age Massager looks like it fits in your hand and has 4 wires that come with reusable pads. There is a digital readout on its face and 4 buttons, which they claim allow you to adjust the intensity of the zaps. There is no battery or charging information about the device; as of October 2014, this product had recently launched and its customer service phone number was not yet working.
New Age Massager Will Cost You:
$29.99, which includes free shipping. Currently, there is no language about any kind of money-back guarantee on their website.
Bottom Line: Is New Age Massager a Scam?
As we mentioned, TENS therapy is unproven, but that doesn’t necessarily that it doesn’t work. The National Institute of Health suggests that it may be beneficial, but better studies are needed. But research done on TENS patients in Canada suggested that it worked no better than a placebo. And Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH, of Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City said flat out “The strongest evidence showed that there is no benefit for people using TENS for chronic low-back pain” in a 2009 press release sent out by the American Academy of Neurology.
Still, there are plenty of people that claim TENS works. If you feel like you want to be a guinea pig in the ongoing TENS controversy, you may want to consider New Aga Massager. Here’s what we like:
- It has free shipping.
- The interface seems much more user-friendly than the aforementioned Smart Relief, which has no readout and you have to attach the whole unit to your body. It’s also a little bit cheaper.
Here’s what we don’t like:
- No battery information.
- No return policy listed.
Therefore, we suggest before purchasing to call (866) 705-2216 to see if that number is working yet. Ask customer service about the battery and if it has any money-back guarantee.
It should also be noted that you should never use any TENS devices if you have a pacemaker and stop if it causes a rash or pain. Best yet, consult with your doctor or physical therapist first to get their opinion about TENS.
Finally, you may want to consider some low-impact exercises to relieve your pain. Here’s a slide show from the Mayo Clinic illustrating a 15-minute back exercise program.
Let us know if this information helps you make a decision about New Age Massager and TENS therapy!