The Quell wearable pain relief device review was written for anyone who suffers from chronic pain and wants to find a drug free alternative. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain then the details explained in this review will provide answer to an FDA cleared drug free alternative to your suffering. It is FDA cleared for use both during the day and while sleeping and my review will give you the most detailed answers to popular questions anywhere.
How Quell Wearable Pain Relief Device Works
I’m going to try not to get overly technical here, but I think some technical background will be required. You see Quell’s wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS) is a higher powered version of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) system. TENS has been around since the late 70’s and here is basically what it does. When attached to the body a TENS unit sends a small amount of high frequency electrical stimulation through the skin to nerve cells in order to make them release endorphins and enkephalins to a specific area of the body. These two naturally occurring chemicals are secreted inside the body and act as natural pain medication.
[toc]What makes the Quell wearable pain relief device different is basically two part. First the unit is only ever mounted or attached to the outside of the upper calf on either leg. This area tends to have a higher concentration of nerve ending bundles and so it works as a better transmitter connection. Secondly and probably most important, the Quell system delivers a higher level of precisely monitored stimulation at one point than any standard TENS unit. This means that it is able to create enough stimulation to cause the release of pain relieving endorphins and enkephalins to the entire body and not just one area.
Both units work by having the user connect multiple gel coated electrodes to the bare skin. These gel electrodes will conduct the small electric stimulation directly into the skin across the entire surface of the pad.
What to Expect
Once installed and calibrated you should begin to see results in as few as 15 minutes. I think it’s important to describe the type of results you can realistically expect. Because the device is activating a natural opioid-like sensation in your body, it will tend to feel like a thousand cotton balls have been placed between you and the pain. This is to say that the pain will probably not be gone 100% but there will be a barrier that lowers the intensity significantly without the use of any drugs.
So this therapy is not designed to make the pain go away and never come back, it is a drug free way to live either with greatly reduced or temporarily eliminate pain without drugs, AND IT WORK (read other user reviews here)!
This unit is reported to work well for chronic pain of the lower back, upper back and neck region, arms and legs. It is not designed to help with whats described as deep chronic pain, so it will not help with things like headaches. There are confirmed reports of people finding relief from Sciatica which can be especially helpful with sleep.
I found that the Quell unit does not require a prescription to purchase. Because this is an over the counter purchase it will not be covered or reimbursed by any insurance company.
What You Get
The Quell wearable pain relief starter kit comes with the following items which work together to provide everything you will need for 30 days of continuous use. In the starter kit you will find the main device along with one sports band and one pack containing 2 electrode pads. You will also find a wall charger adapter and USB adapter charging cord. The unit also comes with a quick start operating guide. We thought you might want more information than that so here is a link to download the full product manual in PDF format. Quell Manual
One of the most remarkable design breakthroughs in the Quell wearable pain relief device is the idea that it is self-adjusting to the user as it features what they call Patented OptiTherapy™ technology. At the time you first install the device, you will run it through a calibration sequence which takes just a couple of minutes and is well documented in both the quick start manual and main owner’s manuals. I discovered that once calibrated to you, the device will deliver a tingling but bearable sensation while it’s operating. This too is adjustable with a button mounted on the side of the unit. The unit’s brain is programmed to operate for 60 minutes and then cycle off for 60 minutes in order to avoid letting your nerve fibers get programmed to the stimulation and stop responding to the treatment. This cycle can continue even when you go to bed and the unit automatically turns down the intensity to about 80% while you sleep.
The unit should not be worn while bathing or showering and this is a good time to allow the skin area to breath as well as a good time to recharge the battery. The unit will operate up to 40 continuous hours on a single charge and it has indicator lights that you can easily see while wearing to let you know how much charge remains.
The process of mounting the Quell wearable pain relief device is quite simple. You will place the charged unit into the included sleeve with the indicator lights mentioned above facing up. This will expose a pair of connectors on the inside of the sleeve as well as a control button on the opposite side. Next you take the paper strip with electrode sort of glued to it and position so you can snap the two connectors on an electrode strip onto the matching connectors on the controller. Snap them on and gently pull the paper away leaving the sticky electrode strip surface exposed.
From here you mount the unit on your calf and begin a session. I’m going to let you wait until you’ve made your purchase to read the details of both the first time calibration and also how to adjust the session intensity when using the device.
Each electrode is designed for up to 15 days of use and so your starter kit will contain 2 electrodes or enough to last one month. You will be able to buy replacement Quell unit electrodes here at any time. We found several places during our research where people claimed to use third party electrode gel and Amazon even shows it as a frequently bought with item, however the manufacturer says in many places including their own web site that they DO NOT recommend using any additional electrode gel or any other brand of electrode product with their unit.
It’s important to note that during my research I ran across questions and concerns about how well the electrodes performed by some people and from my personal experience I know how important proper placement of the electrodes to skin contact are. Unlike many TENS units which have you place 2 or more different square electrode pads at different points on your body, this unit is a single long strip with multiple contacts on it that each must make contact when being installed. Just follow the clearly described instructions and you should have no problem with good performance.
A Note on multiple Users
If you plan to have multiple users of this Quells device, then the manufacturer warns that you will need to re-calibrate the unit every time you switch from one user to another. They also recommend not sharing electrodes between user in case of skin irritation.
The Quell wearable pain relief device comes with a black mounting sports band that goes around the upper calf area and attaches with Velcro ends. The standard band is designed to fit a calf up to 24 inches around. If your Quell wearable pain relief device will be worn by someone requiring a larger band you are encouraged to contact the company once you receive your equipment (they provide that phone number) and they will rush out an extension band for your unit. They do not offer that extension as a product you can buy up front from them or anyone else, you can only get one by request after your purchase. Once you have purchased your Quell system you will also have the option of purchasing different sport bands with designer color inserts other than solid black.
One of the most exciting features we found with the Quell wearable pain relief device is the free app for both Android and iOS that will let you monitor your new Quell unit by Blue Tooth on your device. Simply go to “Quell relief” in the Play Store or Apple app Store and download a free copy. This app works with iPad and Tablets as well if you do not have a smart phone.
Important Note: You DO NOT need to install this app to operate the Quell wearable pain relief system. The app just gives you extra features to monitor things like therapy sessions and even sleep cycles.
With the app you will be able to track therapy and sleep trends by day, week, or month. We thought this was a handy feature if you are tracking how much you use the device and how well it is helping.
Because of the link between chronic pain and interrupted sleep habits the Quell wearable pain relief system is designed to both monitor your sleep habits and adjust itself automatically during your sleep cycle to help improve overall sleep quality. This is why the app feedback is so valuable as a way for you to see how using the system helps enhance your sleep quality.
Skin care is important when using the Quell wearable pain relief device or any form of TENS unit because of the possibility of skin irritation. The manufacturer recommends allowing your skin to air out after several hours of use and for the first week or so they want you to limit the amount of time you have the device installed to as few as 4 hours per day. This is so your skin has a chance to get use to the electrode gel contacts.
If you have sensitive skin, you might want to look into a product like 3M Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film which will act as a barrier to protect sensitive skin.
Make sure and keep a close eye out for rashes or skin irritation on or around the electrode location and discontinue use and check with a physician if a rash develops.
It’s important to consider all medical contraindications before purchasing this Quell wearable pain relief system. For those that might not know, a contraindication means any medical condition that should never be addressed with the therapy method being described.
Because of the Quell wearable intensive nerve stimulation, it should never be worn by anyone that has a cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, or other implanted metallic or electronic device. Such use could cause electric shock, burns, electrical interference, or death.
However, the manufacturer claims that they have several users who have metal implants from surgical repair of broken bones and even knee replacements. They say these types of metal in the body present no noticeable problems for their users. But if a person buying the device has prior surgical implants and encounters problems, the company offers a 60 day refund policy.
This is the the only over-the-counter pain relief device of its kind that we have found which is FDA cleared for daytime use as well as for use during sleep.
|After researching the Quell wearable pain relief device I feel it is a good value for the cost. I deducted 1/2 a star because this device is not going to be the answer for everybody. I recommend that if you’ve read my review and feel this device can provide the relief you are seeking then click the more info tab and check it out for yourself.|
- FDA cleared for daytime and night time use
- Easy to install and operate
- Safe and reliable relief from chronic pain without drugs
- Runs up to 40 hours on a single charge
- Includes free Android and iOS app for monitoring sessions and sleep cycles
- 2 electrodes last 30 days.
- Patented OptiTherapy™ technology
- Made in the USA
- Not for people with cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, or other implanted metallic or electronic device
- Placement of the unit and electrode contact to skin difficult for some users
- Not covered by insurance because it’s an over the counter purchase
- Costs more than basic TENS units
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Device Price
I own a standard TENS unit which I purchased for about half the price of the Quell wearable pain relief device but I have to tell you that I believe the Quell unit will be money well spent. Because it is able to deliver a general level of pain relief rather than just small local areas you should see whole body relief from a single application that is comfortable to wear all day and night. It’s listed online for between $225-$275. Currently the device is only available from two locations and I’ve included a link here if you’d like to check out the lowest price option.
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Device Summery
After doing all the research I believe that the Quell wearable pain relief device is a good value for almost anyone suffering from chronic pain. It’s hard to put a price tag on pain relief especially if it has been disrupting your sleep for any period of time. As mentioned above, this device is not for everyone. It may take you a bit of time to get use to the tingling sensation created by this device.
By delivering low level electric stimulation to nerve endings at the other skin area this unit causes the body to naturally release an opioid-like sensation in your body. The unit is designed to adjust itself you your body and even makes additional adjustments automatically so you can use it while sleeping.
Keep in mind cost considerations include an up-front purchase price just under $275 which included a 30 day supply of electrodes and is not covered by insurance. You will also have a monthly expense of about $30 for a 30 day supply of electrodes.
If you have questions or if you have purchased the Quell device please leave a comment below. This technology is not new but the device surely is and I think there will be a lot of conversation in the months to come about how well it can help people who suffer from chronic pain.