What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is measured in millionths of an amp. By comparison, a TENS unit and most other electrotherapies produce milliamps, 1000 times greater. Your own cells make current in micro-amps
What is MicroCurrent Therapy?
Microcurrent Therapy is commonly referred as MENS (Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation). Is a form of electric medicine used to naturally and safely stimulate cell growth, renewal and healing. It uses extremely low amounts of electricity measured in millionths of an Amp that most people can hardly feel. Practitioners of microcurrent therapy introduce a mild electrical current into an area of damaged soft tissue. The introduced current enhances the healing process underway in that same tissue. The current is applied using electrodes that have been either moistened or coated with a gel.
How do the frequencies work?
The frequencies appear to work on the principle of biologic resonance. A singer can shatter a glass when the note resonates with the crystal structure of the glass. Microcurrent frequencies seem to be able to resonate with biologic tissue and change the structure of the tissue when the frequency is correct. Once the tissue is changed and stable it seems to be able to stay in the new configuration
Will I feel anything?
Microcurrent is sub sensory and cannot be felt while it is being delivered because there is not enough current to stimulate the sensory receptors.
Are there any side effects?
Microcurrent changes muscle tissue, softens scar tissue, and increases circulation with the effect of removing long stored waste products and increasing cellular metabolism so quickly that there is often a detoxification reaction after treatment. Some people have a similar reaction after a massage but the reaction after Micro-current is stronger because so much is accomplished in such a short period of time. The side effects can include nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in pain or a flu-like feeling. The side effects usually start about 90 minutes after treatment and may last from 4 to 24 hours. Not everyone has side effects. Some people increase ROM (range of motion) and physical activity so much that they have temporary symptoms in muscles and joints near the treated area. There have been no lasting adverse reactions reported. FSM (Frequency Specific Current) has a history of being very safe.
What can one do about the side effects?
Liver detox pathways deal with the by-products from the muscles. Not only should you be well hydrated with water before FSM, you should drink at least two quarts of purified or distilled water in the two hours following FSM. If you feel the side effects return, drink more water, take additional supplements and it should pass in about 20 minutes. Some treatment protocols do not produce a detox reaction.
How does micro current compare with a TENS unit?
Common Tens units are usually milliamperage devices that may interfere with the healing process. Micro-current is lower amperage that has been scientifically proven to both alleviate pain and facilitate faster healing. More...
What is the difference between the microcurrent and a laser?
Microcurrent provides electrons and in published studies increases ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons. I am not aware of any research suggesting that laser treatment increases ATP production. Lasers oscillate at set frequencies and provide beneficial results. They are doing it by some other method than frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.
What is the difference between microcurrent and ultra sound?
Ultrasound creates ultrasonic vibrations and creates heat by vibrating the water molecules in the tissue. It does not provide current nor does it change ATP status. It provides beneficial results it is just completely different than microcurrent.
Is MicroCurrent Stimulation FDA approved?
MicroCurrent Stimulation (MCS) is an enhanced adaptation of a FDA approved therapy used by anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and rehabilitative specialists to promote the healing of wounds and transplanted tissues as well as to treat pain.
Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy is considered an "off label" or "experimental" use of an FDA approved medical device. Off label usage of FDA devices and drugs are commonly practiced by doctors to allow them to use treatment in a manner they feel most beneficial to their patients.
What is Electro Muscle Stimulation?
Electro Muscle Stimulation is a very safe and simple procedure, in which micro currents are applied to the muscle fibers of a treated area, stimulating them and making them work. The stimulation creates huge energy demand in the muscles. To satisfy this demand, muscles utilize surrounding fats as the source of energy, burning them the same as they do during a regular workout. Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EMS, uses electrical impulse to cause muscles to contract. This type of electrotherapy is widely used to prevent muscle atrophy that can occur when a muscle has not been used for an extended period of time. Therapists and trainers also use electrical muscle stimulation to increase or maintain range of motion, relax muscles spasms, and for muscle re-education. Electrical muscle stimulation is also used for post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis. Because the impulses that cause muscles to contract are used to build muscle, some devices are available to target specific muscles in the abdomen to further tone and define them.
Muscle Stimulators are indicated for use in:
- The retardation or prevention of disuse atrophy (wasting of muscle due to lack of use)
- Muscle re-education, such as after surgery or trauma
- Relaxation of a muscle spasm
- Prevention of deep Venous Thrombosis (blood clots due to inactivity) immediately after surgery
- Maintaining or increasing the range of motion
- Increasing local blood flow
- A wide range of neurological and orthopedic diagnoses will benefit from the use of Muscle Stimulator.
What is TENS?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation sends a painless electrical current to specific nerves. The current may be delivered intermittently. The mild electrical current generates heat to relieve stiffness, improve mobility, and relieve pain. The treatment is believed to stimulate the body's production of endorphins or natural pain killers.
People use TENS to relieve pain for several different types of illnesses and conditions. They use it most often to treat muscle, joint, or bone problems that occur with illnesses such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, or for conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, or bursitis. People have also used TENS to treat sudden (acute) pain, such as labor pain, and long-lasting (chronic) pain, such as cancer pain.
High frequency current
First developed in the late 1800s by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla. While it offers a number of functions, prior to the invention of modern antibiotics, it was largely used for medical purposes such as an anti-bacterial treatment for strep throat and other infections.
By the 1970s, European spas and salons discovered the cosmetic and healing benefits of high frequency electrical stimulation and by 1980, the the technology became widely used in North American by skin care professionals. The safe, non-invasive technology was quickly found to be very beneficial in the treatment of many skin conditions ranging from acne to wrinkles.
Widely used by prestigious spas and professional salons throughout the world today, this gentle healing technology has become an important component of many facial and skin care treatment regimens, procedures and programs.More on High Frequency Facials
In an effort to correct spinal joint misalignments and restore the nervous system to its optimal condition, Chiropractors use many different forms of the healing arts. One type of therapy that has become common in many chiropractic offices is the use of ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound is an extremely high frequency sound that is out of the range of human hearing but in the case of alternative medicine, the use of ultrasound is known as therapeutic ultrasonography.
HVPG - High Volt Pulsed Galvanic Stimulation Primarily used for quickly increasing circulation or reducing edema
What is Interferential Therapy?
Interferential current (IF) therapy is a more complex development of "Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation" or TENS. While conventional TENS devices deliver electrical pulses at extremely low frequency (typically 2-150 Hz), Interferential stimulation uses medium frequencies -- above 1000 Hz, and typically around 4000 Hz. Medium frequencies travel in the tissue much more easily, can go further and deeper, and with less discomfort to the patient. Interferential units and therapy have been used extensively for managing post-surgical, post-traumatic acute pain, edema and inflammation reduction. It has been used successfully for a wide variety of procedures such as: