|Electrotherapy: A clinically proven method to reduce pain using electrical stimulus|
A clinically proven method to reduce pain using electrical stimulus
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a noninvasive therapy indicated for the symptomatic relief from, and management of, chronic intractable pain and post-surgical and post-trauma acute pain.
For over 30 years, the medical community has used TENS as a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control for many patients. TENS has minimal side effects and is non-addictive. Adverse reactions associated with electrotherapy may include skin irritation beneath the electrodes.
Advantages of Integrating TENS in Pain Management
Decreases pain, increases activity, and promotes return to work (1)
Reduces the need for pain medication (2-4) and its concomitant side effects (2)
Reduces the need for muscle relaxants, tranquilizers and steroids
Reduces the need for PT and OT services (2)
Has no known side effects, no risk of overdosing, and no drug interference
Is cost effective, typically reimbursed, and easy to administer
Helps patients remain alert, functional, and productive
Puts patients in charge of their pain control
Mechanism of TENS
Pain messages transmitted by the peripheral nervous system to the brain are elecro-chemical in nature. Controlling or overriding these nociceptive impulses can bring about significant pain relief to patients.
With a TENS system, a portable stimulator generates a current which flows through leads to electrodes placed in specific locations on the patient’s skin. The low voltage current causes an electrical reaction in sensory and motor nerve fibers, overriding pain message transmission. The frequency and intensity of the stimulus are carefully controlled. TENS can also stimulate endorphin production. (5)
TENS is useful for:
Pain treatment and management for general and specialty medical practices
Patients whose pain therapy is limited by medication side effects
Patients requiring frequent and costly PT and OT services
A low risk, first line treatment option
1 Fisbain D, Chabal C, Abbott A, et al. . Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment outcome in long-term users. Clinical Journal of Pain. 1996;12;201-214.
2 Chabal C, Fishbain D, Weaver M, Heine L.. Long-term transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) use: Impact on medical utilization and physical therapy costs. Clinical Journal of Pain. 1998;14;66-73.
3 Erd M, Erdogan A, Erbil N, et al. . Prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled study of the effect of TENS on post-thoracotomy pain and pulmonary function. World J Surg. 2005;29;1563-1570.
4 Bjordal J, Johnson M, Ljunggreen A. . Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can reduce postoperative analgesic consumption. A meta-analysis with assessment of optimal treatment parameters for postoperative pain. Eur J Pain. 2003;7;181-188.
5 Facchinetti F, Sforza G, Amidei M, et al. . Central and peripheral beta-endorphin responses to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. NIDA Res Monograph. 1986;75;555-558.
FREQUENCY SPECIFIC MICRO-CURRENT
Electrotherapy Far Beyond the TENS Unit
The Wellness Pro 2010 is an excellent FDA Cleared
Living matter is highly organized and exceedingly sensitive
to the information conveyed by coherent signals.
“Each cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonant frequency that coordinates its activities.” -James Oschman, PhD Dover, NH
What is Microcurrent? Microcurrent is a very faint electric current that is so small it is measured in millionths of an amp (microamps). While by comparison a TENS unit and most other electro-therapy devices produce currents that are 1000 times greater (milliamps). Human cells generate a current that is in the microamp range which is why you can’t feel it - the current is so low it doesn’t stimulate the sensory nerves. Microcurrent therapy has been in use for over 20 years.
How does it work? Microcurrent is a physiological electric modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of your body. This dramatically increases the tissue's healing rate. The immediate response to the correct microcurrent frequency suggests that other mechanisms are involved as well. The exact effects or changes that result from microcurrent frequencies have not been proven because no biopsies have been done after microcurrent has been applied. Nevertheless the changes in the tissue are unmistakable; scars will often suddenly soften; trigger points often become less painful; swelling often drains within minutes when the “correct” frequency is applied. In many situations the changes seen seem to be long lasting and in many cases permanent.
ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate, is the universal energy currency for all living things. Every cell in the world uses ATP for energy. It consists of a base (adenine) and three phosphate groups. It can be made many different ways, but mainly it is made by cellular respiration.
“Microcurrent increases the production of ATP, your own chemical energy, by up to 500%. It also increases protein synthesis and waste product removal.” -Cheng, 1987
Why do the frequencies on the machine need to be changed? Specific frequencies (FSM) seem to induce specific effects on cells and other tissues. For example there is a specific frequency for nerves, a different frequency for muscles, another for tendons, etc. FSM that are thought to be good for cells, muscles, tendons, and nearly every aspect of your body are available. In addition to each tissue having its own unique frequency, there is a specific frequency for each condition. Thus there is a frequency for inflammation, a different frequency for scars, another to promote secretions, etc. To address the different processes required by the tissue(s) involved, we need to know what is the underlying mechanism or injury. The Wellness Pro Electrotherapy Generator is pre-programmed for many of these specifically targeting pain and this technology has been shown to enhance ATP production.
How do the frequencies work? It is believd that FSM works on the principle of biologic resonance. A singer can shatter a glass when the note resonates with the crystal structure of the glass. Microcurrent frequencies seem to be able to resonate with biologic tissue when the correct frequency is used. Once the tissue is changed and stable, it seems to be able to stay in the new configuration with proper nutritional support and detoxing. Animal research confirms that the frequency to reduce inflammation reduces inflammation by 62% in a mouse model. Prescription drugs reduce inflammation by 45% in the same mouse research. The FSM reduced inflammation in other studies almost immediately as well.
Trigger points: When an area of muscle or fascia gets damaged either by trauma or repetitive stress, local areas of tenderness or nodules may be found that either cause pain or referral to other areas. By compression, stretching, and/or strain-counter strain with FSM microcurrent therapy, soft tissue pain generators can be eliminated. Your problem may be caused or exacerbated by poor biomechanics. If this is the case, postural therapy and exercises for strengthening may be required.
What about nutritional supplements? The body will heal itself by mechanical and electrical means. Nutritional support may help you maintain the improvement by supporting cellular health and detoxification of the tissues. A holistic approach is required including detoxing, cleansing, nutrition, supplementation, exercise and plenty of pure water.
Do the benefits last? Every patient responds individually but the changes to the muscles seem to be long lasting. About 60% to 80% of the changes created in one treatment last until the next treatment, about four to seven days. Your muscles are used to being the way they are and may return to the old configuration if not treated again. Although patients have had permanent changes in one treatment, the average number of treatments depends on the complexity of the problem. Nutritional support should be tailored to your condition to help create lasting change.
Is there any risk? Your health/well being should always be your first concern. There is no record of any permanent harm being done to anyone treated with Frequency Specific Microcurrent. Although not known to be dangerous, microcurrent is rarely used in patients with pacemakers or during pregnancy. The biggest side effect is using the microcurrent for something that may need to be addressed by a different method. Delaying appropriate treatment is always a concern when the condition does not improve.
What are the side effects? Resonance appears to change the muscle tissue, removing long stored waste products and increasing cellular metabolism so quickly that there may be a detoxification reaction after treatment. The side effects can include nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in pain or a flu-like feeling. The side effects usually start about 90 minutes after treatment and may last up to 24 hours. Most experience no adverse side effects. Some people greatly increase range of motion and physical activity causing them to have temporary symptoms in muscles and joints near the treated area caused by the previous lack of use.
What can I do about the side effects? Liver detoxification pathways deal with the by-products from the muscles. Not only should you be well hydrated with plenty of pure water before FSM, you should drink at least two quarts of purified water in the two hours following FSM. If you feel the side effects return, drink more water, take additional supplements and it should pass fairly quickly. Some treatments do not produce a detox reaction.
What Frequency Specific practitioners say: “As an internist, I have been taught that healing takes time and requires patience. In my 20 years in medicine I have never experienced any treatment or therapy that provides relief and results as quickly as Frequency Specific Microcurrent. I have been amazed and pleased.”
- Robert Lerman, MD, PhD Gig Harbor, WA
“Frequency Specific Microcurrent has changed my practice and the lives of my patients. I recommend it to anyone.”
-Robin Finseth, D.C. Portland, OR
“Microcurrent creates a change in the tissue that is immediate. It has been a valuable part of our treatment plan for patients with nerve and muscle pain.”
-Kellie Barnes MOMT, MPT New Heights Integrative Therapy, Inc. Portland, OR