The different types of tissue in your body (fat, bone, blood, cartilage, etc.) all have different resistances and hence electrical conductivity.
And electrical signals are how your body communicates within itself.
Microcurrent therapy takes advantage of this fact to treat a range of conditions and injuries.
What is microcurrent therapy?
An injury or chronic condition can result in a breakdown of this internal communication in your body. It disrupts the electrical conductivity of your body tissue.
The idea behind microcurrent therapy is that it restores the natural conductivity.
This in turn restores optimal cellular communication. Blood flow increases and inflammation reduces.
The end result is a reduction in pain and/or a faster healing process.
Microcurrent therapy uses a tiny electrical current (millionths of an ampere). It’s also called Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation, or MENS for short.
Conditions treatable with microcurrent therapy
Microcurrent therapy targets different tissues with different electrical frequencies. This means you can use it to treat a whole range of medical conditions and injuries. Here’s a list of the most common conditions it’s used to treat:
- Abdominal cramps
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Diabetic ulcers
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Post operation healing
- Slow healing wounds
- Soft tissue inflammation
- Sports injuries and wounds
- Tendonitis/ligament pain
What is the treatment like?
When you go for treatment you’ll have electrodes placed on your body. These are what deliver the tiny microcurrents to the targeted areas. You won’t feel any electric shocks as the currents are so small.
How long the treatment session lasts depends on the condition that you’re having treated. A typical session could last anywhere between fifteen to ninety minutes.
Is microcurrent therapy effective?
Microcurrent therapy has proven to be effective at treating chronic pain conditions. These conditions often don’t respond well to conventional treatment. And so microcurrent therapy can provide great relief to suffers of such conditions.
It’s also had great results in treating injuries. It’s allowed elite sports stars to make rapid recoveries from serious injuries. Stars who’ve used it include Carl Lewis and Joe Montana. It’s often used alongside standard anti-inflammatory medication when treating sports injuries.
Microcurrent therapy side effects
Some people experience a detoxification reaction following a treatment session. The side effects can include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary increase in pain
These side effects may start during the actual treatment or within an hour and a half afterwards. They last somewhere between four and twenty four hours.
Is microcurrent therapy safe?
Apart from the side effects listed above, microcurrent therapy has proven to be safe. There are no known long lasting reactions to the treatment.
Microcurrent therapy is also now often used as a beauty treatment. It can tone the facial muscles and reduce lines and wrinkles. This improves the appearance of your skin and helps you to look younger.
It’s a safe and convenient anti-aging treatment that is FDA approved in the U.S.
Microcurrent therapy is a proven and effective treatment for many conditions and injuries. It can be effective for treating pain where more conventional treatments fail to work. You can also use it as an anti-aging treatment.