MICROCURRENT ELECTRICAL STIMULATION
When we are absorbed by pain and inflammation, most of us are not likely to attribute our condition to micro-electrical cellular changes, yet healing and tissue repair begin at this fundamental level.
Research has shown that biological processes that have been adversely affected by illness, injury, surgery, or prolonged chronic inflammation produce tissue that has an abnormal electrical capacitance. The cells are either depleted and the involved area cannot “hold a charge,” reflecting higher electrical resistance than surrounding healthy tissue; or, in the acute stages, the tissue is abnormally electrically over-active.
The healing process is associated with a series of electro-chemical reactions involving increased local circulation and enhanced movement of materials into and out of the cells. Cellular energy production is thus an essential component fueling this regenerative activity. After a period of time, when the cells are no longer able to manufacture sufficient levels of micro-electricity, chronic conditions may last indefinitely (healing is incomplete). In the human body’s attempt to resolve long standing issues, chronic pain often results; a prolonged state frequently includes underlying inflammation.
Microcurrent Electrical Stimulation (MENS) addresses a full spectrum of abnormal electrical activity at the cellular level associated with stress, trauma, and dis-ease. This type of technology has been found to be safe on all tissues of the body to help restore itself to normal equilibrium and homeostasis. This effect generally requires a series of treatments.
An increased awareness of the electrical nature of organic tissue repair has led to the development of technology that is capable of supporting and enhancing the self-healing process. Advances in microcurrent electrical stimulation have resulted in instrumentation that demonstrates (in controlled studies plus 28 years of clinical results) a dramatic increase in the rate of tissue restoration to a healthy condition, and the reduction of unnecessary inflammation, thus assisting the body to rapidly eliminate major causes of pain and suffering.
Using a much lower current than milli-ampere TENS unit, microcurrent stimulators use a sophisticated combination of micro-amperage current (millionths of an amp) along with a square biphasic waveform to reduce pain by stimulating tissue regeneration. This is accomplished with low voltage microamp currents rather than by over-stimulating nerves with grosser high voltage milliamp analgesic-type pain signal blocking currents. Low imperceptible micro-amperage current has been found to release beneficial endorphins (natural pain suppressors) into the tissues while enhancing naturally occurring regenerative cellular mechanisms (Ngok Cheng, et al.) Studies have shown that improved cellular activity and communication through microcurrent stimulation is due to 400 – 500% increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate – energy to the cell) and protein synthesis. Other research has shown that certain applications of microcurrent stimulation can increase serotonin levels in the brain; thereby assisting chronic and intractable pain syndromes and severe states of depression.
Microcurrent stimulation improves the electrical potentials of soft, connective tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia). Whether the cells are over- or under-firing, the measurable effect is normalization of the electrical fields produced by contractile tissue. Whether flaccid or in spasm, pain is reduced, normal range of motion is ultimately restored.
The beneficial healing effect of microcurrent stimulation to the tissues and cells of the body that have become stressed, weakened, or damaged might be likened to restoring a flashlight to normal function by recharging (or changing) the depleted (or damaged) batteries. Microcurrent stimulation assists the body in restoring the correct polarity or electrical charge and conductivity necessary for the cells and tissue to communicate normally. This results in reduced inflammation and pain and improved tissue function.
By introducing gentle micro-currents (below the patient’s threshold of awareness) in waveforms calibrated to mimic the body’s own best possible electrical signals, naturally occurring normal conductivity is restored. Once resistance is overcome, the self-healing capacity of the tissue at a cellular level is reinstated.
Microcurrent stimulation can be applied to a broad range of health conditions
Here is a PARTIAL LIST of indications for microcurrent therapy:
- Joint Pain
- Ligament Sprain
- Spinal Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tmj Disorder
- Radiating Leg/Arm Pain
- Torn Muscle and Ligaments
- Tennis Elbow
- Knee Injuries
- Acute Trauma
- Headaches / Migraines / Sinus Conditions
- Anxiety Syndromes / Stress Symptoms / Sleep Disorders / (produces a normalizing effect on the autonomic nervous system)
- Depression / Bipolar Disorder
- Muscular Strain
- Muscular Spasms
- Nerve Pain
- Macular Degeneration
- Adhesive Capsulitis
- Sprained Ankle
- Shin Splints
- Heel Pain
- Post-Operative Shoulder, Knees, Ankles, Backs, Feet
- Post-Operative Joint Replacements, Pre- and Post-Operative Acute Pain
- Reduction of Post Operative Swelling/Edema
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Poor Circulation