Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Gwyn in chairI have an  iJoy® Massage Chair and Ottoman 2.0® foot & calf massager.  The combo is better than gold to me!  I suffer from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Hyper-Mobility Type III, which means all of my joints are hyper-mobile; I can sublux most of them at will.  You are not supposed to be able to do this.  They also sublux when I don’t want them to, this is not fun.

This also gives me excruciating and constant pain called muscular skeletal myofacial pain.  My pain is worse than someone suffering from fibromyalgia.  It feels similar to chronic, severe muscle pain.  Its cause is due to the fact that my joints are so loose; my muscles fight to hold my bones together every time I move.  Basically my bones are ripping my muscles apart. 

I also have bone spurring occurring in my spine because my joints are so loose it is actually shaking my body apart.  This bone spurring is cutting into the nerves that run inside the spine between c3-c4.  The surgery to correct this is so dangerous, though, that they won’t do it until I have absolutely no other options.

Tens - Electrodes There is no cure for my disease and physical therapy and massage therapy have been my most effective treatment options.  I also take a fair amount of prescription pain, anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling medication. Additionally, I use a TENS unit, utilizing eight electrodes on a daily basis for pain.  The TENS unit uses electrodes with electricity to interrupt the nerves to help minimize the pain.  Most people use four electrodes and usually for a short period of time per day.  The picture to the left shows the wires and electrodes I fight daily just to try and function.

And with all of this, I still could hardly move and the pain was unbearable.  I was grasping at straws for anything that would work when I ordered my Human Touch® iJoy® massage chair and Ottoman 2.0.  I struck gold!!!  I didn’t realize how swollen I was and how well both the chair and ottoman would be able to help me reduce my pain and swelling.

One of the things that I enjoy most about my Ottoman 2.0® is that I’m able to slide the ottoman up to the upper part of my calf, which is where I desperately need the massage. It relieves so much pain and swelling that I can actually walk and touch my heels to the floor when I am done, which had been a struggle for me to do.  Nothing else has been able to accomplish this.

The chair relieves more pressure and pain from muscles in my back that even the TENS unit. It also helps bring some of the feeling back into my right arm with the massage / stimulation it provides.  Also the massage I get from this chair seems to last longer than the TENS unit.  After getting my 30 minute massage on my back in my chair the relief lasts for 1 – 1 1/2 days.  It is just wonderful.

I don’t know what I would do without my massage chair and Ottoman.  Having it at home is a life saver.  I am able to get my massage anytime day or night because my massage chair & ottoman are waiting for me right in the comfort of my home…

Of all the products I have seen like Human Touch®, I can say that Human Touch® massage chairs are simply the best that money can buy. My Human Touch® massage chair and Ottoman 2.0® combo have been indispensible in my ability to relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase my quality of life.

Even with everything else the doctors have given me, my massage combo is more important than gold.  Thank you Human Touch®. I feel like you have given me a part of my life back! Please don’t ever stop making these amazing products, I don’t know what I would do without them…

Thank you,

Gwyn C. Anderson
(EDS) Hyper-Mobility Type III and Chronic Pain Sufferer
La Crosse, WI

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