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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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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