Drug-free pain relief during pregnancy - a real alternative
Plus a realistic option to manage "cankles"
During your pregnancy you might be glowing with good health one minute - and suffering from low back pain or aching legs the next.
If you have decided to minimize your use of pharmaceuticals during this time, you will be interested in a means of relieving pain without drugs. ActivNatal can lend a hand during pregnancy as well.
Fluid may pool in your legs during pregnancy because of increased blood volume and compression of certain veins caused by the expanding uterus. To avoid or reduced the swelling, known colloquially as "cankles", we suggest:
- Take breaks from standing
- Elevate your feet
- Exercise as much as possible
- Avoid tight socks
- Drink lots of water
- Apply electrical cell stimulation - i.e. the RELIEVE mode or EXERCISE mode of the ActivNatal device.
ActivNatal RELIEVE mode
RELIEVE mode offers a TENS stimulus combining pain gating (fast pain relief) and beta-endorphin release (longer lasting pain relief).
You may use RELIEVE mode during a healthy pregnancy, so long as the electrodes are located in any of the following locations:
- Upper, middle or lower back
- Neck or shoulders
- Leg muscles, knees, hips, ankles or feet
- Arm muscles, elbows, wrists or hands
RELIEVE mode may also be used to help you relax or sleep - use a low intensity for this purpose.
Pad placement - pregnancy pain
To improve circulation and reduce fluid retention in legs, ankles and feet place one electrode at the back of each ankle when you are resting in the evening.
Leave for at least an hour, but longer is better.
Ante and post natal guide
|Purpose||Mode||Intensity||Time||How often / when|
|Ante natal and post natal|
|Musculoskeletal pain relief||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||On demand|
|Muscle tension, stress||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||On demand|
|Circulation, swollen ankles||RELIEVE||Low||Minimum 60 minutes||Each evening|
$70.00 AUD + PH, for 5 weeks