What is Bell's Palsy?
Bell's Palsy is a disorder caused by damage to the cranial nerve and it involves sudden facial drooping as well as decreased range of facial movement. The cause of this nerve damage is still mostly unknown, it begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. The good news is that recovery usually begins 2 weeks to 6 months from the beginning of symptoms, and most recover with full facial strength.
Some may include tumors, head injuries or hypertension. Some symptoms include full to partial facial paralysis, facial pulling, headaches, facial stiffness and difficulty eating/drinking.
You have an increase risk of developing Bell's Palsy if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
TENS/EMS for Bell's Palsy
Both TENS and EMS functions can benefit those suffering from Bell's Palsy in a variance of ways. EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) Units focus on stimulating the muscle with electrical impulses. These impulses encourage blood flow and force an increase of blood circulation to the area where the electrode pads are placed. The flow of oxygenated blood encourages the body's natural healing processes.
TENS Units use electrical stimulation for natural pain relief, so rather than targeting the muscles like an EMS Unit, the TENS function focuses on the pain nerves under the electrode pads. These electrical impulses cause the body to produce more endorphins, which also have pain relieving qualities.
If you are still on the lookout for a unit with both TENS and EMS functions, we always recommend the wireless VPod- since it has TENS, EMS, and 22 other functions with a customizable strength level so you can adjust it based on your tolerance.
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