What is it and why does it work? Micro-current is a sub current that dives right in to repair and stimulate or provide a charge at the cellular level. Application is through the use of probes or wands, brass plates, and or in combination with acupuncture needles or rollers using various currents, voltages, intensities, polarities and waveforms. This instrument and its application heal by picking up where the body's own electrical current has failed.
To understand the breadth of this treatment and its potential for healing many, many issues, we must start and understand ourselves at the cellular level. The Nobel Prize was earned by two Germans in 1991 for discovering that the cell membrane wall is the actual intelligence of the whole being. To be truly healthy the 18-44 gates or pathways through this membrane wall in each cell of each organ system of our body need to be working effectively. The number or openings or gates depends upon the specialty of that cell allowing specific nutrients to enter and certain waste products to exit.
Following a trauma, (which interestingly, can be emotional or physical such as surgery, injury or the evolvement of aging), ingestion of life-giving oxygen, minerals and nutrients malfunctions or drops considerably. Our cells tend to become more or less paralyzed and do not functional normally to ingest nutrients and subsequently expel waste products. The powerhouse or mitochondrial function of the cell declines significantly. It is known that the more efficiently your cells function to transport essential nutrients through the cell wall into the mitochondria (our cellular powerhouse) and quickly remove toxic wastes out of the cell, the quicker your cells can receive vital nutrients to promote health and prevent aging. Studies from Universities in Germany have shown that the most important event in alleviating long term chronic pain is to restore the normal cellular electrical potential to the cell's membrane (thus restoring normal functionality). The major factor that nearly all researchers are missing in anti-aging programs is this factor of fuel burning. By repairing and increasing the function of these cellular walls by as little as 1% we may increase life span by as much as 10 years.
The major reasons for aging are oxidative stress and free radical damage from environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides, all contributing to our building load of free radicals which only accelerates with the aging process. .
We don't exactly think of ourselves as electrical beings but we very much are. Throughout our bodies all communication is electrical and moves by positively and negatively charged ions. Remember that electrical currents like to take the path of least resistance. Now what happens with injury, surgery, trauma and aging when these paths are disrupted or even disconnected? Essentially, that area we have traumatized no longer functions properly. Current now moves around the injury or defect rather than through it. The cells making up the traumatized area no longer are sufficiently charged and do not function either effectively or efficiently. The person gets "better" but the body has reached a lesser functioning point by compensation and does not truly become repaired in that place of injury. Later on, in many cases that "old injury resurfaces" to our surprise and frustration. We never healed it in the first place and usually due to some "stress" in our mid-lives, it returns to offer us that opportunity to do the real healing we need to do. We have to repair the cell.
Other than acupuncture, some type of electrical healing, faith healing, rife frequencies, hands-on, or just plain voodoo, electro micro-current in my experience is the most effective of all. Why?
How does it work to heal wounds? Many studies have been conducted on wound healing. In reviewing the evidence and in comparison to other means of wound care healing, it has been demonstrated that electro micro current healing out-performs all others. The "out-performance" is most dramatically experienced in the realm of accelerated healing. One of the best scientific papers is from a Dr. Mark Biedebach, of the University of California at Irvine entitled, "ACCELERATED HEALING OF ISCHEMIC SKIN ULCERS THROUGH USAGE OF MICRO CURRENT ELECTRICAL STIMULATION AND THE INTRACELLULAR MECHANISMS INVOLVED."
In looking at the various types of electrical current: the waveforms, the output characteristics (Voltage and Amperage), the frequencies, duration of treatments and many other variables, the Electro-Tech Micro Current systems combines the best of the micro-current waveforms, frequencies and other output characteristics with the treatment modalities to produce the latest and best results in the current marketplace and seems to outperform other systems. Wound care results have provided results well above any expectations.
In looking at the actual mechanisms of wound care healing (which are entirely observable with this technique) there is an orderly sequence of mechanisms that takes place. First, a connective tissue sheath forms. This is observable from beginning to end and the formation of the sheath is very often observed during the very first treatment. Once the sheath or fascial layer begins to regenerate the skin will continue to heal at a high rate of speed. We know that new collagen and protein are being formed by the body to affect this change.
Micro-Current increases production of new skin cells at the germinative layer. As a teen we produce new skin very cells quickly and these rise to the surface and are exfoliated in around 7 days. With aging, at around 50, this same process may take 7 weeks leaving those cells to dehydrate and degenerate. Studies at the University of Washington show that with 10 consecutive days of Micro-Current therapy collagen can increase by 37%.
We know with wound care patients, if this collagen is reformulating, then this should also apply to Micro-Current facial treatments. Facial rejuvenation has blossomed using micro-current technology. Though change can be seen with just one treatment, over a series of sessions - wrinkles fade, skin tightens, one can experience a "lifted" look to the facial features and contours, and the skin becomes re-hydrated to that of more youthful times.
What is really happening here?
- Product is being penetrated to the deeper layers of the skin surface
- Skin is becoming more hydrated
- Collagen is being formed and becoming re-hydrated
- Elastin is being formed
- A new connective tissue layer is re-forming, particularly that between the skin and the underlying muscle
- The muscle cells and skin cells in the targeted areas are receiving more nutrients across the cell membrane
- Waste products from normal cellular activity are being released at an accelerated rate
- New skin cells are being formed at an accelerated rate down at the germinative layer
- The neuro-muscular re-education aspects of treatment are causing a lifted appearance to facial features
- The balancing techniques are creating more facial symmetry from right-to-left sides of the face
- Beneficial Neurotransmitters (helpful brain chemicals) are being released, causing overall relaxation and central nervous system stimulation which has positive effects on one's overall health and well-being, way beyond that of a simple face treatment".
With micro-current treatments cell activity is repaired, and tissue hydration and detoxification are accomplished. What will be the effect of treatments before and after surgery? Will the difference and effort pay off? Wound healing time will be reduced by more than half, scaring will be all but prevented, pain will be reduced dramatically, swelling reduced, and bruise-time reduced significantly. Micro-current therapy is perhaps the most NATURAL form of therapy available today as it is simply putting back what was once there. Through this return of electrical activity to an area that has lost it, we can foster a real and rapid healing.
Who uses micro-current electrical therapy? Many versions of it have been around for the last hundred years. Machines have been developed for proprietary use; others have been steadily improved for a more broad adaptable use dependent upon the therapist's training and the desired use.
Physical therapists have used micro-current for all neck, back, knee pain issues, for strains, tendonitis, sciatica, TMJ, joint issues, shoulders, plantar faciitis, whiplash, chronic and acute pain, neuropathies, disc disease, soft tissue injuries, arthritis and even stroke rehabilitation.
Athletic trainers have used micro-current for: injury rehabilitation, for strength training, pain, inflammation, neuromuscular disorder, pulled muscle, tennis elbow, ton ligament, and rotator cuff.
Estheticians are currently using micro-current for facial rejuvenation, for wrinkle removal, skin toning, acne, lymph drainage, spider veins, varicose veins and dermatitis.
Other uses: Wound care, bond healing, osteoporosis, swelling reduction, bruising, scar tissue, burn victims, esophageal sphincter repair, Bell's Palsy, surgical incisions, abdominal cramps, macular degeneration, facelifts, post surgical repair.
Cell atrophy, and possibly cell death can possibly be reversed using electro micro-current therapy. I believe this treatment technique is one of the most profound in the arena of anti-aging and should be considered by all who are entering the baby boom years.