Kaia App Review: Manage Pain Naturally

Review of Kaia app

Kaia App Review: Pain Management, Naturally

Help for Chronic Pain

In this review I will talk about the Kaia app that I have been using for awhile.  I am using it on my smartphone.  I have chronic pain in my buttock and am constantly searching for natural ways to relieve my pain.  I purchased this app in hopes it would help me. The app claims that by using it you can manage your pain and find relief through using it.  Read more to find out if it is for you.  

Chronic Back Pain
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What You Will Learn in This Review

  • First I will address why you may want to use this app. 
  • Then, I will give you some background on the company.
  • Furthermore, I will talk about the three major sections of the app. 
  • I will give examples of those sections.
  • I will give my overall impressions as well.
  • It is my hope you find this review helpful in your journey through pain.

Why You May Want to Use This App

Are you in pain?  If you suffer from chronic pain then I am in the same boat as you.  And it is difficult. Maybe you have trouble getting out of bed. Or standing.  Or walking. Been there. Doing that. This app is specifically set for back pain.  And although I suffer most from sciatica-like pain, I also have back pain sometimes. This app has helped manage that.

You may also want to use this app because you want to manage your pain naturally.  There are no negative side effects from using this app.  

The only downside of this app?  It takes motivation and commitment on your part.  (They even address motivation in the training.) So read further to see if this app is for you.  

If you want to read what I had to say about motivation you can click here to see another post.

Medical, Technology and Other Amazing Stuff

Kaiahealth (the name they call themselves) states that they have medical advisers, as well as science and AI technology.  The combination of all this wisdom is a personalized program that aims to help you relieve your pain.  

The app is free to download to try it out, but if you want to continue to use it on a regular basis, you will need to pay for it.  It’s $29.99 for three months in the US. I paid $89.99 for a year. That’s about 25 cents a day. Well worth the cost I think. It is available in other countries.  It was developed in Germany.  

The Three Sections of the Kaia App

There are three categories of the app; Knowledge, Exercise and Breathing.  Other items included in the upgraded app are an Introduction and Motion Tracking Coach.  Let’s cover the three main sections.

Knowledge

Knowledge of Back Pain
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In this section Kaia provides information about pain, why exercise is important, some physiological content and more.  I am currently on a section that discusses motivation. Motivation is something I struggle with daily.  

Just a personal note.  I know that stretches and movement and exercise help me feel better, but I fight having to do them.  I know I am not alone. One of the aspects I like about this app is that it is not that time consuming.  I would estimate you can do all three sections in less than half an hour.  

In the Knowledge section, you can explore at your own pace and time commitment.  The app constantly lets you respond with continuing or ending that particular session.  It picks up where you left off until you complete that particular subject.

The information is in lay terms, so most of it I can grasp.  I know that adding knowledge to my journey to manage my pain is helpful in continuing the trip.  Plus in my mind it adds credence to the program.  

At the end you are given the option to rate the session and provide feedback.

Exercise

Here’s where the rubber meets the road.  You must work at the exercises to reap the benefit.  I hope you are one of those people who takes responsibility for your health.  If not, then this app is not for you. But if you are, then I think you will find success here.  

The app tells you how much time you will need for the section (usually about 12 minutes, give or take), what equipment you will need (usually a mat and a towel) and you can preview the exercises before you start.  

Exercise Section Kaia
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Once you start the section you can pause it at anytime.  There are usually 2 rounds of 5 exercises. Each exercise takes about 30 seconds.  Before it starts the program shows you how to do the exercise, which is very helpful.  This is why using it on your smartphone is so great. You have it right there in front of you.  

The male and female voices that guide you through the exercises are calming and encouraging.  I appreciate that. I don’t need someone yelling at me or telling me I am a wimp! You can also adjust the difficulty level at the end of the session so that the next session will be easier or more difficult.

Here’s an example of the exercise portion of the app.

Breathing

The last section is a topic that has been very helpful in my pain management.  It is learning about how breathing impacts our pain.  

This section walks you through different sessions of breathing exercises, where you learn about relaxation and calming techniques.  This happens to be my favorite section because it is the most enjoyable. I find after I end this session I am relaxed and feel a sense of warmth.  

Practicing calming breathing is helpful to decrease pain’s power.  We all know how pain can grab all our attention and stress out the rest of our body and mind.  Pain can cause us to take short anxious breaths. In this section you learn to control your breathing to assist in relaxing and calming yourself. 

After you complete the section for the day you are given the opportunity to rate it and give any feedback.  

An Added Benefit; A Great Option

I nearly forgot to mention that Kaia has a Coach section.  This is different from the Motion Tracking Coach. In this feature you can ask just about any question and get a personal answer.  It is helpful for those questions that come up as you use the app or if something isn’t covered in a section.  

I have used it mostly to respond to challenges in the exercise section.   I am a senior and because of my pain I can’t do some exercises. Here is where I have found answers to concerns about those struggles.  But you won’t be limited to just that topic. The Coach is there to help you use the app and succeed at using it.  

How Do I Rate This App?

Rating Kaia app
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I give this app 5 stars.  The company really knows what they are doing.  Yeah, it costs money, but most treatments to handle pain do cost money.  I like it because it:

  • Has clear instructions
  • Is easy to do
  • Isn’t very time consuming
  • Has a section where you can ask questions
  • Can be adjusted to my abilities
  • Uses science to address all parts of pain management

Conclusion

If you are suffering with back pain, and there are thousands of us that are suffering, this app could be just the thing to help you.  It requires you to take responsibility and action, but the payoff may be less pain. I recommend this app because I have found it helpful.  If you want to feel better, why not try it?

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Why Magnilife for Muscle Cramps Is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (A Review)

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Do you experience muscle cramps? Do you wonder what the causes of muscle cramps are? Is there a natural relief for muscle cramps? In this article I intend to answer those questions and provide a product review that may help you.

What Are Muscle Cramps?

Muscle cramps are defined as a strong, tightening of a muscle.  It is an involuntary contraction of the muscle.  They mostly occur in the legs.  They usually occur at night.  Some people refer to it as a charley horse.  Regular muscle contraction occurs all the time as we move, but then the muscle relaxes when we stop moving.  In a muscle cramp the contraction tightens and doesn’t release.  This causes pain; sometimes very severe pain.  It can wake you out of a sound sleep.  A muscle cramp is actually a spasm (involutary contraction) that sustains over a period of time.  It looks and feels like the muscle has hardened.

A friend of mine described them like this.  “They come on usually in the night.  You want to scream!  They hurt so bad and come on so suddenly you can’t get out of bed fast enough.  Takes awhile to figure out what to do about the pain.  There are lots of home remedies that I have tried.  Some of them are eat a banana, walk on a cold floor, or walk it off.  The banana and the cold floor didn’t work.  The walking it off actually hurt!  So what are you supposed to do?  I can’t imagine anything more painful.”  This is a direct quote from my friend who suffers this condition.  He is the motivation for this article.  Because through his suffering he has found a natural relief.  This article will conclude with the product referral.

What Causes Muscle Cramps?

The true cause of muscle cramping is actually not known.  But there is general agreement within the health community that certain activities and conditions can bring them on.  The main cause seems to be overexercising the muscle.  I know that when I grip something for an extended period, my fingers cramp up.  I have heard that distance runners frequently experience muscle cramps.  Just sitting or standing in one position for a long time can cause cramping.  So can exposure to extreme cold.  Conditions such as pregnancy, dehydration, certain medications, medical conditions and lack of minerals can also cause muscle cramps.  The listed medications I researched were antipsychotics, birth control pills, diuretics, and steroids.  Calcium and potassium were the minerals that could be culprits if the body is lacking in them.  So you can see there may be any number of reasons that can cause muscle cramps.  Another helpful link is by MedicineNet, that discusses different types of muscle cramps.

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Some Recommedations for Relief

One of the easiest recommendations to possibly avoid muscle cramps is to stay hydrated.  Drinking enough of the right fluids is key to a healthy body anyway, and I am always promoting that to my friends.  And if you are exercising then hydration is even more vital.  Water helps the cells function at optimum capacity and therefore can relieve overuse.  And prevent muscle cramps.

Stretching the muscles is also helpful.  I have written about some stretches that I do that have relieved my buttock pain to a great extent.  See my posts, Exercises for Back Pain.  Seem Counter-Intuitive? or see  a review I wrote about some gentle yoga exercises here.  Also see this website from the Mayo Clinic about some leg stretches that may help leg cramps.  Stetching your muscles everyday can help you avoid cramping.  And as I’ve said in some of my other posts, stretching can also relieve pain.

Futhermore, I see recommendations that you eat foods rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium.  See this post from HealthLinkBC.

Is There A Natural Pain Relief for Muscle Cramps?

The natural pain relief that I can recommend is the one my friend found.  He was so pleased how it helped his cramping problem.  He is a 79 year old who still keeps active and busy, but the cramps interferred with his lifestyle.  So, once he found this product he couldn’t keep his excitement to himself.  The product is called Magnilife Muscle Cramp Pain Reliever.

Product:  Magnilife Muscle Cramp Pain Reliever
Available from: Amazon
Rating: 5 stars

He takes the tablet form, but there are several products that the company makes.  He says he takes the tablets under his tongue and has very fast relief.  Nothing else has worked this well for him.

Before I could recommend this product though, I did some research of the ingredients in the tablets.  They are: causticum, colocynthis, cuprum metallicum, magnesia phosphorica, phytolacca decandra, rhus tox, stannum metallicum, and veratrum album.  Here’s what I found out about each.

  • causticum is potassium hydrate.  It has been used to treat arthritis and bed wetting with some success.
  • cuprum metallicum is copper!  I know that some people find relief through copper braclets.  So appparently there is wisdom in the need for this in our bodies.
  • magnesia phosphorica is magnesium phosphate.  This is one of the minerals that studies indicate is important in preventing cramps.
  • phytolacca decandra is also known as poke or pokeweed.  Some related plants are toxic.  But apparently this weed has been used homeopathically for some time.  Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • rhus tox is poison ivy!  Yikes!  But in tablet form it is indicated for joint pain.
  • stannum metallicum is known as homeopathic potentized tin.  It is used to treat skin conditions.
  • veratrum album is another poisonous plant!  But used in this product it appears to depolarize nerves.

Conclusions

As with any product that you ingest or put on your skin, you should check the warning labels.  Just because it is natural, doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you.  This product does have a warning for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and for children.  It amazes me that ingredients that are toxic, can be used in a form that actually helps us though.  My friend has tried other products, but nothing worked like the Magnilife did.  So I highly recommend it.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

As with any product or practice, check with your doctor first to make sure this product is safe for you.  I am not a medical professional, just a fellow pain sufferer willing to share my research.  I do not receive any payment for recommending this product at this time.  I merely wanted to let people know about a product that can provide relief to them.

 

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