What is Microcurrent Point Stimulation?
MPS stands for Microcurrent Point Stimulation; it is a direct current electrical stimulation treatment for pain. It is a safe level of electrical current—the same naturally found in your body.
What Does Microcurrent Point Stimulation Do?
This electro-therapy has the potential to regulate the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which is comprised of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), responsible for the “fight or flight” response, and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which triggers a calming response. Environmental, emotional, and physical stressors can affect the body, leading to health problems, anxiety, and chronic pain if experienced for prolonged periods.
When the body is in an overactive state, the electro-therapy can help regulate the SNS by providing neuromodulation to specific neurological sites in the body. The direct current therapy releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, reduces muscle tension, and helps alleviate pain. In this orthopedic practice, we focus on physical stress, which is caused by any type of trauma to the body, including surgical, non-surgical, and overuse injuries, leading to the formation of scar tissue and, as a result, chronic pain, reduced function, strength, and mobility.
Does Microcurrent Point Stimulation Treat Scars?
The short answer is yes, Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) can be used to treat scars. Scars can appear thick, bumpy, red, tender to the touch, and tingling. If a scar crosses the wrist, forearm, hand, or knee, it can limit your range of motion. The scar acts like gum stuck in hair, obstructing movement.
For example, when tendons pull your fingers into a fist, a scar in the way can prevent the finger from fully flexing. Scars cause dysfunction, and there are ways to improve them. Massaging the scar is one commonly prescribed method, while another is using an electric beam to realign the collagen fibers of the scar and enhance its glide and flow. MPS, or Microcurrent Point Stimulation, provides optimal stimulation of current to and through the scar, effectively “zapping” it in layman’s terms.
Conditions Treated by Microcurrent Point Stimulation in Pueblo
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Inflamed joints
- Carpal tunnel
- Sports injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Peripheral nerve entrapment
- Wound healing
- Tendon/ ligament repairs
- Lateral elbow pain
- Scars and Adhesions
Is MPS the Same as TENS?
The simple answer is that TENS typically provides short-term pain relief while MPS can have longer-lasting effects.
TENS, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, is a method of pain management that uses a low-voltage alternating electrical current to block or alter the perception of pain in a specific area of treatment. This is achieved through the gate control theory of pain, where non-painful sensations, such as those delivered by TENS, can override and reduce painful sensations from injury. TENS can be useful for reducing pain in various conditions.
MPS, or Microcurrent Point Stimulation, has been successful in combating chronic pain with longer-lasting results. Complete or substantial pain relief (60-85% or more) can often be achieved within 1-3 sessions, but most patients may need 2-10 treatments for lasting outcomes. For some chronic conditions, ongoing daily or bi-weekly treatments may be required.
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