About Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO
Dr. Ho's Pain Therapy System PRO uses clinically proven proprietary technology, known as Auto-Modulating Pain Relieving Waves, to provide powerful, effective, drug-free pain relief with no side effects.
Whether you’re suffering from back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, leg pain, or pain affecting your upper or lower body, Dr. Ho’s professional-grade Pain Therapy System PRO can provide temporary relief by blocking the transmission of pain signals and reducing muscle tension. Since Pain Therapy System Pro recharges quickly (no batteries needed), features an auto-off timer, 7 different modes, and customizable intensity, you’ll be able to discreetly use it at work, while traveling, or just going about your normal day.
Chronic pain can affect just about every part of your life. Working. Sleeping. Trying to spend an enjoyable day with your loved ones. But have you finally found a solution—some might say a godsend—with Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO? Or, can you get the same relief for less locally? We’ll explore all your most important questions.
First, who is Dr. Ho anyway?
Dr. Ho’s Backstory
According to his website, Dr. Michael Ho is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncture who has treated thousands of patients during his more than 18 years in practice. In his mission to help his patients reduce their chronic pain and lead healthier lives, he’s developed an entire line of products, including the Dual Therapy Muscle System, Digestive Detox, and the Compression Belt.
In general, Dr. Ho’s products seem to come with mixed online customer reviews. While some claim that they work well and to have experienced positive results, most complaints appeared to center around failure to work, poor quality, high prices, and less-than-stellar customer service.
What about Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO specifically? We’ll get to that in a moment, but let’s take a look at how it works first.
The Basics Behind TENS Therapy
Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation (TENS) systems typically involve two main parts: a small battery-powered box that attaches to any number of electrodes (usually between 2 and 4 for at-home units like this). The box creates an electrical current, which passes through the electrodes into your skin.
Once this occurs, these electrical signals travel along nerve fibers until they reach the brain, which can block or “scramble” them, so that pain is reduced. In a best-case scenario, your pain could even be temporarily eliminated.
The problem with TENS therapy is that modern medicine doesn’t understand exactly why this pain reduction takes place. On top of this, TENS seems to wok well for some patients and not at all for others (even among those suffering from the same condition), and clinical evidence showing the efficacy of TENS is shaky.
Regardless of its efficacy though, there are dozens (maybe even hundreds) of at-home TENS units you can buy. Is there anything that makes Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO unique?
How Does Pain Therapy System PRO Stack Up?
Because the basic technology behind TENS therapy has been around for years, there are a whole lot of at-home units you can choose from, including options like New Age Massager, Shock Relief, CopperWear Tensation, Quell, and more.
Compared to these options, Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO claims to be meaningfully different in several ways:
- It uses three different therapeutic technologies to provide pain relief, including TENS, EMS, and the company’s “proprietary Auto-Modulating Pain Relieving Waves.” Basically, these constantly change so that your body can’t adapt to the sensation, thereby providing the best pain relief.
- There are two independent ports that allow you to get better coverage by treating multiple body parts simultaneously.
- Includes a belt that can provide TENS therapy and back support at the same time.
- Uses professional grade gel pads that “ensure a comfortable, effective treatment.”
To use Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO, the process works over 6 steps:
- Connect port cables to the Pain Therapy Pro unit.
- Connect gel pads to port cables.
- Peel self-adhesive gel pads from the plastic sheet.
- Place gel pads onto your skin directly over any tense or painful muscles.
- Turn on the unit, select your mode, and slowly increase the intensity until “you feel the most soothing and relaxing massage.”
- Set the timer (20, 30 or 40 segments).
How much will this ease of use and proprietary technology cost you?
Is Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO Expensive?
Dr. Ho’s PRO Pain Therapy System is available in three different packages:
- Basic – Includes 8 small massage pads, 2 large Flex Tone massage pads, the Pain Therapy Massage Belt with built-in massage pads, and the circulation promoting foot massage pads: $159.96
- Deluxe – Includes everything found in the Basic Package, plus 16 additional small massage pads and 4 additional Large Flex Tone massage pads: $199.96
- Ultimate – Includes everything from the Basic and Deluxe packages, plus Dr. Ho’s Neck Comforter with Spinal Secrets DVD and the Relief Book, as well as the reusable Magic Heat Pad: $229.96
Once you need to purchase replacement pads, they’re available directly on Dr. Ho’s website (4 pairs of small pads and 2 pairs of Flex Tone pads) for $49.99.
Each Pain Therapy System Pro also includes a pain relief pad placement chart and therapeutic exercises to “maximize range of motion of muscles and joints, and pain relief,” as well as a 30-day refund policy.
Before we wrap everything up, let’s take a look at what customers are saying about Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System.
Is Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System Pro Relieving Customers’ Pain?
On Amazon, Dr. Ho’s System had an average rating of 3.6 stars based on 13 customer reviews, most of whom seemed pleased with the product’s effectiveness at reducing pain and ease of use. As is to be expected with any pain relief product, the most common complaints referenced failure to work and high price.
Similarly, the Pain Therapy System PRO had an 4-star average rating on HSN.com, with most of the same compliments and complaints.
Although Dr. Ho has been treating patients for nearly two decades and selling products for years, he wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research. And as we mentioned above, many of his other products come with mixed online customer reviews.
Given everything we’ve talked about here, should you roll the dice on Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO?
Is Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO a “Must Have” For Pain Sufferers?
As you explore all your TENS options (you’re already off to a great start!), you’ll quickly learn that some people swear by them, while others only curse them. Why? Because just like any other pain relief product, what works fantastically for you might not work at all for someone else. Finding relief from chronic pain is an individualized process, so TENS may or may not be for you.
But honestly, it’s more a question of value than it is efficacy. What do we mean by this?
Basically, if you visit your local pharmacy or just about any big box retailer with a pain relief section, you’ll quickly find that there are a handful of at-home TENS options that might work just as well as Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System PRO—but at a much lower cost. Sure, Dr. Ho’s proprietary Auto-Modulating Pain Relieving Waves and other proprietary technology might provide more options and offer a more user-friendly experience, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience any better pain relief results than OTC models available locally.
Our recommendation? If you’re experiencing chronic pain—regardless of where it is—talk with your doctor before ordering any products. They can help you choose the right one based on your specific diagnosis, potentially saving you a lot of money in the process. Then, we might recommend trying out one of these less expensive local models before going all out on the Dr. Ho’s System.
Did you give Dr. Ho’s Pain Therapy System a try? Tell us about your pain relief experience by writing a review below!
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
I had back pain for two weeks, so I went into a Walmart pharmacy to buy some back pain pills. I was surprised to see the Dr. Ho machine there for $159.00. I was very scared to buy it, but at that point, I would try anything. I will swear on this. That night it was working and the next day my back was good. The best money spent. I would swear on this.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
5 out 9 people found this review helpful
Ask all questions you can before you buy it!
I never used the product, so I can't say that it's good or bad. I returned it because what they said that it will cost me wasn't true, and they charge me more. They will start sending product and charging to your credit card until you do something. Now I had to pay to return it via certified mail and wait for my refund.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
18 out 22 people found this review helpful
Like getting a tattoo
If you think getting a tattoo is relaxing, then this is the system for you.
I made sure I followed the instructions and dampened my pads before putting it on my skin, but every time is starts off feeling like a tattoo needle is violently attacking my skin. Very painful! A few times it would subside and eventually feel fine, however, that initial start to my treatment is so painful that I dread using the system, and if I find the courage to go ahead, I end up crying from the pain!
I have had TENS therapy at physiotherapy appointments, and it NEVER felt painful. I even bought news pads within a week of my purchase of this system to make sure I did not have a bad set of pads, but it was the same result. I have 30 days to return it for a full refund, and I am returning tomorrow with 15 days left on my return timeline. That's how painful it is!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Feb 20, 2018
I have used Dr. Ho system for years, I have tried others like this but his are the best. Never, I have never wet the pads before or during use. Sometimes I sleep wearing it. I guess to each his own but it works for me. I have to either stand a lot or sit a lot. I place the pads on the lower back, and control in my pocket. It helps me throughout the day.
15 out 23 people found this review helpful
I do have numbness and pain in my buttocks. My son bought the Dr. Ho's Pain Therapy System Pro through HSN in the USA. This is a great product because it relieves the pain and the numbness does not bother me that much anymore after using it. And, I like the company's proprietary auto modulating pain relieving waves which other ones do not have.
I just started using the unit over a week ago and so far it works great for me.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend