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Non Drug Pain Management Ideas: Alpha-Stim

The alpha-stim is an FDA cleared medical device that has been available since 1981. It has been approved for use in anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic or post-operative pain.
There are two basic models: The Alpha- Stim M and the Alpha-Stim AID.  The difference between the two models is that the M model is more suited for those with pain issues, while the AID model is applicable to anxiety and depression.

This device has been said to be more cost-effective than medication over time. After the initial expense of purchasing such a device, there are a few parts and accessories that may be needed for routine use and maintenance, but they are not expensive to buy. Here are some graphics from the Alpha Stim website that illustrate my point:

This device came to my attention when I saw an article online that mentioned that the US government is making this device available to its service members who suffer from PTSD.

Some insurance companies will offer coverage for these devices; check with your provider if this is of interest to you.

What I really like best about this form of treatment is that there are a few very minor side effects possible, but there are no drug interactions or side effects because it is not a drug.  

Lastly, I am going to share two videos with you about the Alpha-Stim.  The first video demonstrates how the product is used, and the second video is a testimonial from a user.  Feel free to look around the web and at the product website, there is a lot of information about cost, effectiveness studies, etc.  



Sources: website; YouTube


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