Pain Device

Reporter: David Richardson

"One in five Australians suffer from chronic pain, that's 3.2 million of us a nation of silent sufferers a new device promises relief for the most unbearable of ailments, its a new twist on old technology and the results speak for themselves as David Richardson found out"

"You learn to put up with it. Over the years, you put up with pain." Says Bryan

"We are a society wracked with pain."

"Its like you've got a massage therapist massaging your back." Says Bryan

"Now one device promises to end the suffering.' David explains

"This is going to help people in so many ways, in giving them their freedom back.

"And the need for pain killers."

"You have a choice to either stay in the pain. Or try something different. You feel the relief coming through."

"Could this Therapeutic Goods Administration approved device be the answer?"

"The Hi-Dow Massage XP Five has a patented electronic acupuncture system. It is the only one in the world that is rechargeable."

"It's called the HI-DOW Massager V - the latest in Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation or Tens Technology. Over 10 million have been sold in the United States, now its here, Australian distributor, Sue Lamb."

"We've had so many people come back with testimonies, they've been able to get off morphine patches, they haven't had to take medication, they're off mobic, celebrax which are anti-inflammatory tablets - all these do is block the pain signal - that it.

"You may have heard of the technology. A nerve stimulator sending electric pulses to areas in pain; increasing circulation, blocking the pain signals."

"Maybe many people would remember when giving birth - they would roll them out on a big trolley and they would wire you up."

"This device boasts a 6th Mode in its circuitry, setting it apart from other TENS devices on the market."

"What it does is it continually tricks the brain, because after a while, the brain signal is able to creep through the electronic pulses and punch through hence - what happens your pain slowly comes back. What the Hi-Dow does, the 6th mode, due to technology and the changes of tnes machines - that mode continually blocks the pain signals. I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder, and it's helped me tremendously, I wouldn't be without it now."

"Thanks to the Hi-Dow, 79 year old Ten Pin bowling champion Joan Phillips is getting back into the swing of things."

"I tore a muscle in it ten pin bowling, bowl twice a week ten pin bowling, do that twice a week now. And I really love it and don't want to give it away. I tore the muscle in my shoulder through throwing my arm out. I had physio on it, didn't do much good, had it taped up."

"Told she needed an operation, Joan refused, she took pain killers for relief then stumbled across the HI-DOW."

"I started using it and twice a day sometimes for a week and within a week I could lift my arm over my head, without pain. I really recommend it. Better put it on my shoulder there, bit on the achy side."

"Joan's 80 year old hubbie, Don also puts the Hi-Dow to work on his injured shoulder."

"I'm always skeptical of these things. So I gave it a go and its made the world of difference there that a few applications there and I don't have the pain anymore. Every time I get a bit of a twinge back on it goes again. With this thing I've found you don't have to put up with the pain."

"After decades as an Australian Rugby League Player and First Grade Coach, Steve Martin's body started to rebel."

"I've had a little bit of chronic pain; I was playing squash and had a problem with my left knee. I used the Tens machine and that's fixed that completely. I've got a little bit of a problem with the left shoulder in my neck area and bottom of back area and it's certainly assisted in that area as well."

"Steve remembers the technology as a player."

"We used to have this sort of machine when we were playing and the physios used to have it and we'd have to go to the physio to get it. But now - its accessible to everybody. It's the size of a matchbox. Because the pain is there, you tense up. And this just releases the tension. It actually blocks the pain signal. The singna running across your skin runs faster than pain can run up spinal column, it blocks it."

"Random trials like this one, are being conducted at shopping centre's all over the country."

"It's a tingling sensation that builds and reaches a crescendo and you have this relief, like a wave of relief coming through. You can feel the difference? Yeah, yeah. I can't run though. No running after girls today. Why not? I got bad feet continually. Cause I had an accident - that certainly helps. They feel good at the moment."

What its doing is increasing blood circulation to that area. I could tell it was working in that area. So I'm sure I'm going to buy one. You can't reach behind you, you can't put deodorant on in the morning because you cant reach across."

"62 year old retiree, Terry O'Brien used the device when his shoulder froze."

"All symptoms of frozen shoulder have gone. the muscles are working beautifully - tendons are going well. Very good piece of technology, easy to apply; easy to use - good results, what else can you say?"

"It's amazing the results that we're seeing. How's that lower back?"

"Chiropractor, Caterina Walsh has applied the device in her practice on patients."

"Very complex things to treat like frozen shoulder, respond very well with this its very well with people dealing with acute injuries who don't have very good movement - it helps create a massage and a pumping action in the area which helps flush out the inflammation and helps things recover a lot quicker."

"But Dr Nicholas Wood says it's not for everyone. As its defined as a medical device, depending on your private health cover you could get up to 90% of your money back in rebate."

"One of the most appealing things about this is the portability. I find patient compliance is so much better because its something they can use, just put in back pocket and they can use it as much as they need to use it."