I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company.
I once heard EDS described as living the day after a car accident in perpetuity. This is an excellent description of what it’s like to live with the condition, as each day you wake exhausted and sore, in a bit of a daze. As you stretch your body, you pop any misaligned joints back into place (snap, crackle, pop), and assess yourself for acute injuries and pain. EDS is a unique condition because it is a chronic state of laxity that results in frequent acute injuries such as subluxations, dislocations, sprains and other soft-tissue injuries. It also causes chronic pain associated with joint misalignment and dysfunction. This means that each day you awake with both familiar and new pains. For this reason, finding tools, or Zebra Hacks, that decrease pain is essential to increasing the quality of life for patients with EDS.
For me, the Oska Pulse from Oska Wellness has come to be been one such tool. The Oska Pulse is a device that delivers Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), which has been shown to have enormous benefit in reducing pain and inflammation. Before I experienced it, it was hard at first for me to believe that such a small device (about the size of my hand) without any leads or wires would be effective in delivering a treatment that could alter my pain levels, but now I have personally seen the benefits of electromagnetic field therapy first hand, and believe it! PEMF works by creating an electromagnetic field around the site of the pain that encourages tissue healing. The Oska Pulse is different from a TENS unit, for example (another Zebra Hack), because it actually heals your body as opposed to just interrupting pain signals.
The Oska Pulse is a device that was developed by people who care about others (both human and cute cuddly animals) who are in pain. The company, Oska Wellness, which is Australian, is named after an adorable Koala (Oscar) who was helped by PEMF therapy after suffering terrible burns.I have to admit, this made me like these people, and this company before I even got the thing in the mail! They were so touched by the story of a Koala who got better when a PEMF device was found that they named their company after him!
Upon receiving the Oska Pulse, I tried it in several different areas and on several different types of pain. The device is easy to use. It comes with a compression sleeve, and all you need to do to start a 30 minute therapy session is press the only button it has! It’s easiest to notice the effects of the Oska Pulse on the pain of an acute injury. For example, I fell down the stairs shortly after acquiring the Oska Pulse, and used the device to alleviate some of the lower back pain associated with the fall. I also managed to re-sprain an ankle while walking the dog, and found the Oska Pulse to be helpful in deterring swelling and decreasing pain while my ankle healed (even at a slightly faster pace than this EDSer is accustomed to!).
I have also found success in treating my chronic SI Joint pain/Hip pain with the Oska Pulse. I have Hip Dysplasia which has lead to SI Joint Dysfunction, early osteoarthritis andbursitis in my hip. I have had cortisone injections to manage the pain in both my hip and SI joint. However; Since I started using the Oska Pulse in this area, I have needed them less frequently. Recently, because of travel (and curiosity) I stopped using the Oska Pulse in this area to see if it was making as big of a difference as I thought it was. I can report that the pain has unfortunately returned, and I will be returning to the faithful use of my Oska Pulse in this area several times per day. After this experience, I am most definitely a believer that Oska Pulse is making a difference in my level of pain and decreasing my level of disability.
If you read the blog regularly, you likely know that I have Occipital Neuralgia, Cervical Spondylosis, and Intractable Migraine. I experimented with using the Oska Pulse to treat these issues after first receiving it, but found that the device sometimes increases my visual auras. I thought that I had overcome that by continued use (allowing my migraine brain to get used to the presence of the electromagnetic field) – but the problem persisted when I tried to treat pain near my head with the device so I decided that it was best for ME not to use it for these conditions. This doesn’t mean that it may not work for you if you have one or more of these conditions and are hoping to try it out.