Business of Well-being

Chronic Pain and an Active Lifestyle: Lessons in Recovery

If we want to better promote corporate wellness and if we want a workforce as productive as it is protective of its health, then we need to educate employers and employees alike about the best way to confront a problem affecting tens of millions of people and costing companies hundreds of millions of dollars. We need, in other words, to address the condition of chronic pain: A malady that is the result of muscle stiffness and inflammation, among other things, which can make it very difficult to sit, stand or move with the ease necessary to enjoy the quality of life these individuals deserve - and with the flexibility these men and women need to do their jobs.

Finding a noninvasive way to lessen this pain, one that does not require prescription drugs or surgery, is crucial to resolving this matter. It is essential to reviving the type of active lifestyle people want, the one that will keep them vibrant and healthy - in and outside their respective places of work.

With regard to that solution, technology offers promising results. Indeed, the rise of wearable technology like the Oska Pulse represent the union of convenience and wellness that will transform pain management for the better. For it is this optimization of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) that makes this device portable, as it is the size and weight of a typical smartphone, and free of the side effects that are an inescapable part of conventional therapies.

I cite the Oska Pulse because I admire its proprietary method of delivering electrical currents to the body, which mimic the ones we produce naturally. Let me also state that, for purposes of full disclosure, I am not an employee of or a consultant to this brand: My commentary is without any conflicts of interest, or any incentives to highlight this company at the expense of others.

I do, however, have an interest in reducing my own physical pain, which is the result of a variety of injuries. Thanks to the way PEMF signals pass through bone and tissue without disruption, thereby opening cells to receive more nutrients and oxygen, the joints most susceptible to injury or degenerative issues - the pain points, so to speak - can become less inflammatory or debilitating. That benefit alone is worth celebrating, since it can potentially reduce medical costs, sick days and related prices involving the treatment of chronic pain.Also, since PEMF is now affordable and available to a mass audience through the use of a single device, there is a greater incentive to maximize this resource.

Wearable technology of this kind holds the promise of forever changing the means by which we seek relief from chronic pain or injured joints. That advantage translates into a healthier work environment - it furthers the very ideals of corporate wellness - while sparing individuals the expense, both physical and fiscal, of using invasive alternatives.

These facts highlight a renaissance in science, one that will reverberate nationwide and worldwide. These advantages reveal the practical strengths we need, with the measurable results we want. Together, we can make corporate wellness the priority it should be - the priority it must be.

About the Author

Lewis Fein is a writer and commentator, who covers a variety of issues involving health, wellness, technology and leadership.

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