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[Costco] DR-HO’S - $124.99 Pain Therapy System Pro with Gel Pad Kit and Pain Therapy Back Relief Belt

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[Costco] DR-HO’S - $124.99 Pain Therapy System Pro with Gel Pad Kit and Pain Therapy Back Relief Belt

regular $189.99
sale for $149.99 - $25 discount using Masterpass = $124.99 + tax
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Apr 11, 2012
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Does this really work?
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Dec 16, 2012
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This is a tens machine right? I am looking for one as I have a doctor's note and can do an insurance claim.
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Premium on the name, it's just a question of how much and what this offers over similar products.

These are cheaper / best seller tens units, but from the US ship up here for like an extra $10.
(USA) https://www.amazon.com/United-Surgical- ... dpSrc=srch
(USA) https://www.amazon.com/HealthmateForeve ... dpSrc=srch

PS I don't really know much of anything about these devices and their differences, just lightly entertained the thought of grabbing one in the past. So be sure to do your homework~
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Feb 26, 2017
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I’ll second this. It’s a tens machine. A severely overpriced one. 50 bucks gives you the identical experience. Dr ho is the Bose of this area. You just need a basic HDMI cable so to speak.




quote=JustBob post_id=28471077 user_id=325562]It's just a TENS unit and there are plenty of those for $40-$60 on amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... arch-alias%
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/pa ... e25439320/
And while at first glance it seems that the energetic man on TV may be more salesman than credible researcher, it was his experience in the field of rehabilitation that led to his developing the device. Since graduating from Toronto's Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1987, he went on to found the Toronto Pain and Headache Clinic. It was there that he developed a prototype for use in the clinic.

And initial findings seem to support Dr. Ho's claim that his product is a valuable new tool in rehabilitation therapy. An independent study performed by Prof. Stuart McGill, who teaches spin biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, confirms that using the device produces a definite physiological reaction in users.

Prof. McGill acknowledges his own skepticism about devices that claim to relieve pain because they often rely on soft scientific analysis. Self-reports about sensory perception cannot be objectively measured -- while your migraine might feel like someone is trying to drill a hole through your head, you can't actually prove it.

What can be measured, however, is the electrical profile of a muscle. Pain signals are sent through the nerves as electrical impulses, so that if a muscle spasm occurs, there is increased electrical activity in that muscle.

Prof. McGill used a technique called electromyography to measure the electrical profile of muscles both before and after use of the device for a 20-minute period. Testing 41 people with neck and shoulder pain, Prof. McGill discovered that use of the device reduced muscle spasms, "in most patients, on average." And the effect was more pronounced when the spasms were initially stronger.

He also had patients rate their own perceived level of pain before and after the treatment and found that, on average, their pain decreased by 50 per cent.
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This is simply a name brand TENS machine. The biggest problem with Dr. Ho's is the pads are not generic, they are proprietary.

Cheaper to find a tens machine online, they do the exact same thing.

For it's effectiveness, some people love it, some people say it does nothing. YMMV.
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Oct 23, 2013
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You are paying for the Dr Ho's name.

You could get similar products from ebay or aliexpress. Make sure to stock some gel. You can also get some in amazon. make sure its fulfilled.
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Jan 30, 2014
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Bought two of these years ago from sears on for $20 each on clearance. I wouldn't pay more than $50, especially since you can't buy generic pads for them.
As others have said I would just get one from amazon, as although I haven't tried any other brand it's not worth the price tag.

I can vouch for it being a pretty effective unit, it has done wonders for family with back and shoulder pain. So if you're on the fence about trying one in general, go for it.
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I own a tens unit. Bought it as an impulse buy as I saw a friend using it for fun, twitching his muscles. It is gathering dust.

BUT IT ONLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE IT OR ELSE IT WILL BE LIKE YOUR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT THAT YOU BOUGHT FOR A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION.
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StealthFinder wrote:
Nov 15th, 2017 5:04 am
I own a tens unit. Bought it as an impulse buy as I saw a friend using it for fun, twitching his muscles.
Yeah, me too. Bought one over 20 years ago for about $500. Used it on and off for a few weeks...then nothing. It’s been sitting on the same shelf in my basement since.

Wonder if it still works Thinking Face
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I bought a TENS machine and 100 replacement electrode sticky pads for a total of ~$25 from China. It is not as easy to do now, because it’s considered a “medical device” and can’t be imported without a paid test certification (similar to CSA electrical requirements).

I have used the actual Dr. Ho’s and also my Chinese TENS machine and the physiological effects are identical in my opinion.

Contrast to the $500+ TENS machine in my chiropractor’s office, his definitely sends the “juice” deeper into the muscles.
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Mar 17, 2013
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I have one of these, got it covered through my medical insurance. Works amazing, use it on a daily basis! Helps immensely with my shoulder and neck pain

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