What is Microcurrent Therapy?
Microcurrent stimulation is a therapy used whereby electric current is provided in literally millions of an ampere. It works on a cellular level to help stimulate the healing process. It is based upon the theory that the body’s electrical balance is disrupted when one is injured, so that the natural electrical current of the body changes course. Microcurrent stimulation restores this balance.
In fact, microcurrent therapy can relieve pain, stimulate wound healing, help stimulate the regeneration of injured tissue, provide relief to myofascial trigger points, increase protein synthesis, and stimulate lymphatic flow. Microcurrent stimulation is produced in therapy at literally one millionth of an ampere, because this is believed to be the body’s own natural current strength. This therefore restores the body’s own natural current.
How Does Microcurrent Therapy Work?
With microcurrent therapy, ATP production increases by 500%. ATP is the primary molecule our bodies use to produce energy and is found in every cell of the body. In fact, it has been found that ATP production increased five-fold after microcurrent therapy was administered. As stated previously, protein synthesis also increased, and so did amino acid transport.
When microcurrent therapy is used to help heal injured tissue, it restores the natural current flow to the tissue. This in turn allows the cells to regain their own natural energy flow. When injury occurs, the area that has been injured has a higher electrical resistance than the surrounding tissue does. This in turn decreases and perhaps even stops electrical flow through the injured area, which impedes the healing process and promotes inflammation. When microcurrent therapy is used, this resistance is reduced, which allows electricity to flow through and therefore restore normal function. This, in turn, helps stimulate natural healing.
In addition, microcurrent therapy can be used at specific frequencies for a variety of tissues and conditions. This can often soften tissue and decrease pain, which provides long-lasting pain relief that may even be permanent. This has some promising benefits that may be applicable to current chronic pain conditions as well.
For example, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain have been shown to be greatly reduced and even eliminated with the use of microcurrent therapy. When traumatic injury occurs, such as that which occurs with sports, both tendons and ligaments seem to repair much more quickly, and inflammation and swelling is also reduced.
In addition, soft tissue regeneration is improved. It has also been found that if magnet therapy is combined along with microcurrent therapy, the benefits can be amplified.
Still another exciting and possible use of microcurrent therapy is to help cure addiction. Behavioural programs such as those used to stop smoking, lose weight, or stop drinking seem to benefit from the use of microcurrent therapy as well.
Finally, it may also have anti-ageing and general health benefits. Thus far, studies have shown that using microcurrent therapy can help stimulate and re-hydrate collagen, increase the uptake of nutrients within cells, and significantly stimulate the excretion of waste products, including heavy metal from inside cells. Therefore, microcurrent therapy may soon be on the horizon not just as a pain relief therapy for those who have been injured or who are suffering from chronic pain, but as a general health and well-being “maintenance” practice used to sustain good health.
Modern Specific Frequency Microcurrent clinical studies have demonstrated usefulness in:
- chronic and acute pain
- inflammation – edema
- musculoskeletal dysfunctions
- sports injuries – sprains, strains and contusions
- arthritic conditions – osteoarthritis OA
- temporalmandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- fibromyalgia (FMS)
- plantar fasciitis
- tennis elbow
- carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- myofacial pain
- rotator cuff Injuries
- scar tissue and fibroid tissue
- tendon and ligament repair
- stimulation of acupuncture points
- trigger-point therapy
- balance energy meridians
- edema and lymphatic drainage
- lymphatic congestion
- viral infections
- frozen shoulder
Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Microcurrent Therapy
Microcurrent Therapy provides anti ageing skin treatments which may help to effectively improve:
- Fine Lines
- Drooping Eyelids, Jowls & Chins
- Laugh Lines
- Neck “wattle”
- Enlarged Pores
- Extra Pounds
Micro-current Therapy is used in top beauty spas to lift and tone the face, reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, improve circulation, perform lymphatic drainage, sun damage treatment, skin pigment improvement, product penetration, and much more.
Studies at the University of Washington indicate that skin that received microcurrent therapy showed, within twenty days, a
- 14 percent increase of natural collagen production,
- 45 percent increase in elastin, and a
- 39-percent increase in blood circulation.
“The retonification of facial muscles using microcurrent results from accelerated ATP [adenosine triphosphate] generation along with increased production of collagen and elastin,” says Dr. Robert Loss of Dermatology Associates of Rochester (N.Y.). “Unlike Thermage, the results are very immediate, the process completely safe and painless, and the cost for the consumer very low comparatively.”
The Jade Microcurrent Gem Colour and Sound Massage Machine
The Jade Machine is the only device in the world that combines microcurrents with gemstone colour, light and sound therapies.
This machine has been clinically proven to stimulate the ability of cells to regenerate collagen, elastin and proteins naturally and the “Jade Technique” is considered to be the perfect treatment for erasing wrinkles and fine lines of the face, toning and lifting the face, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and arms.
Microcurrent Therapy is used to firm, tone, tighten and re-activate the muscles of the face while also increasing circulation and lymphatic flow to stimulate cellular growth and improve the look of skin’s texture and appearance.
This microcurrent therapy is an anti-aging massage treatment that can provide complete face and body rejuvenation.
A microcurrent facelift is a non-surgical, non-invasive cosmetic technique that safely and effectively improves the appearance and health of the skin. A microcurrent facelift uses technologies developed in the medical and physiotherapy fields to activate the skin’s natural chemicals responsible for health and vitality. A microcurrent facelift provides satisfying aesthetic results with less risk of side effects compared to a traditional facelift. The microcurrent facelift procedure is proven effective and safe, delivering results at a fraction of the cost of traditional procedures.
A micro current facial is gentle, relaxing, and painless, with no recovery time. The face is cleansed, and collagen/elastin serum applied to the skin. Cotton-tipped contact wands are carefully placed over acupressure points, transmitting painless micro currents to stimulate the underlying muscles. The face and neck are then gently stroked in specific motions to tone the muscles, firm the skin and ionize nutrients deep into the cells of the skin. The microcurrent facial device is applied to key muscles and skin tissues to stimulate movements and give the muscles a ?mini workout.’ This helps to tone and tighten the muscles over a short period of time, and may prevent many signs of the ageing process such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin from forming. It is considered to be a facial ‘sculpting’ procedure without causing injury to the dermis – the technique used in laser treatments, Thermage skin tightening and deep chemical peels.
Microcurrent seems to be uniquely effective in rebuilding thinner parts of the skin, filling in wrinkles and lifting sagging muscles because of its ability to regenerate tissue by stimulating cellular physiology and growth. Research has shown that lower intensities up to 0.5 microampere are the most effective in restoring normal metabolism and homeostasis. Recent microcurrent studies from the University of Washington has shown a 14% increase in the production of natural collagen, a 48% increase in natural elastin production, and 38% increase in blood circulation over the course of 20 days.
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