Learn About Electric Stimulation: What Is Microcurrent Therapy?

Learn About Electric Stimulation: What Is Microcurrent Therapy?

Posted 8.10.2012 in Articles by Jess

This relatively new method of using microcurrents to treat physical injuries has gained significant media attention over the past couple of years in part because of the lack of education surrounding it. Whether it's ultra sound or TENS, the ins and outs of electric stimulation is still very foreign to many people. With more physicians and physical therapists adopting this new method, it begs the question: what is microcurrent therapy?

Commonly referred to as MENS, microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation is one of the most recent developments in physical electrotherapy. It uses extremely low-level electrical currents to treat nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and other health challenges. In fact, it's the only aesthetic treatment available that can physically firm and tone the skin through muscle re-education. In fact, microcurrent therapy isn't used merely for injuries or other pain, it's also used as an alternative to surgical facelifts. 

The reason microcurrent therapy works is because every tissue type has its own signature electrical frequency. These frequencies can be disrupted by injury, disease, or just from age. Microcurrent therapy restores normal frequencies within the cells with its ability to penetrate the cell as opposed to passing over the cell as other stimulation devices do. Microcurrent therapy hits the tissue at the cellular level. Hitting the tissue at a cellular level means that it stimulates a dramatic increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the energy that fuels all biochemical functions in the body. ATP production increases by 500% during microcurrent therapy. 

During this increase in ATP, nutrient distribution is enhanced, blood circulation increases and the new healthy cells are regenerated to replace injured, unwanted ones. It also bumps up protein synthesis, oxygenation, ion exchange, absorption of nutrients, elimination of waste products, and neutralizes the oscillating polarity off deficient cells, which are all necessary for tissue repair. The enhancement in blood flow and decrease in inflammation translates into reductions in pain and muscle spasms and increased range of motion. 

It works by reclining or sitting comfortably with specific microcurrent frequencies being delivered to target tissues. Electrodes are placed at strategic locations to direct the currents, and warm, moist towels are applied to facilitate conduction. All treatments are FDA-approved and involve several sessions with benefits accruing over time.

Microcurrent therapy has been widely used with reports in the media and publications such as Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Runner's World. Stories dating back to Joan Benoit in the 1984 Olympics to Joe Montana's football comback after surgery, Carl Lewis's track and field feats and more give credence to the remarkable benefits of microcurrent therapy. 

As it continues to develop, health care professionals along with amateur and professional athletes and coaches are recognizing the positive results of microcurrent therapy. Once understood, microcurrent therapy becomes less of an "electric stimulation" therapy and more of an efficient move towards the future of medicine. 

 

 

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