Micro-current therapy is a very safe and effective technique used to treat pain and inflammation. As the name suggests, an extremely low-voltage (millionths of an ampere) current is applied to the affected area to help injured tissues tissue heal faster and provide relief from pain caused by injury or chronic conditions. There is NO strong electrical felling and there is NO pain, just lasting pain relief. In fact most of our patients find the treatment quite relaxing.
Principles behind Microcurrent Therapy
Each and every cell of the body has its own electric frequency. Due to abnormal conditions or injury, the bioelectric frequency of the cell is disturbed. Microcurrent therapy is based on the principle that, application of current that is similar to the body’s bioelectric current enhances the tissues response to healing and repair. Microcurrent therapy has been very effective for such conditions as soft tissue inflammation, all strains and sprains, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, bone bruising, delayed fracture healing and pain associated with shingles.
Micro-current Therapy: Procedure and Healing Process
In Microcurrent therapy, microamperage current is administered to various parts of the body. The duration for Microcurrent application may last anywhere from 15 – 60 minutes depending on the condition being treated.
Studies have revealed that Microcurrent therapy helps in restoring metabolic processes that are responsible for healing. It is believed that microcurrent can regulate the energy levels of the body by promoting ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, which is the major fuel for all the biochemical reactions of the body. As energy levels increase, the body’s ability to remove metabolic wastes is enhanced, hence preventing accumulation of toxic substances, enhancing nutrient distribution and improving blood circulation, thus, helping the body produce new healthy cells and replace the injured ones.
Microcurrent therapy is much more effective than other electrotherapy procedures.
- The only contra-indications for Microcurrent therapy are for those people who have pacemakers, seizures, active cancer or are currently pregnant. In order for Microcurrent to be fully effective, it is very important that those receiving this treatment are well hydrated prior to and during their treatment.
- Microcurrent was first used in the 1980s by physicians in Europe and the US for stimulating bone repair in non-union fractures. There are numerous studies published on the effects of Microcurrent showing that it increases the rate of healing in wounds and fractures.
- One study showed that Microcurrent increases ATP (cellular energy) production by 500%. This in itself is remarkable! This study actually proves that passing a very low electrical current through a living cell changes the behavior of that cell!
This study appeared in Clinical Orthopedics volume 171: pages 264-272 and was titled “The Effect of Electric Currents on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin”. This study showed that Microcurrent increased ATP production in rat skin by 500%. ATP is the chemical that the body uses for energy. The current also increased amino acid transport into the cell by 70% and waste product removal. The implications for human healing and repair are obvious. One particular result that bears mentioning is that ATP production was increased as long as the current was below 500 microamps. When the authors increased the current to 1000 micro amps, or one milliamp, a current range delivered by TENS devices and other types of typically used electrical stimulation therapies, the ATP production was actually reduced. So what this means is that while conventional TENS and electrical stimulation may have a pain relieving effect, the reason that this is usually very short term (30 minutes to 2 hours) may be because the strength of this treatment is too high and therefore does not result in increased cellular activity.