Our body processes are carried out with the help of various small electric pulses at cellular level. These electric pulses are referred to as 'bio electric pulses'. Often, due to physical injuries like sports injuries/accidents, the natural flow and balance of these bio electric pulses is disturbed. Microcurrent therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses the principle of supplying bio electricity to our body, so that the need of these electric pulses is met. By generating artificial electricity at a very low voltage, this medical care has the ability to treat several health disorders.
Microcurrent Therapy and Uses
Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (MENS) or more commonly referred microcurrent therapy has gained popularity in the recent years. By tuning currents generated in this treatment option to the level equal to that of our body (bio electric pulses), this therapy has been employed in treating several problems like muscle pain, neuropathy, shingles etc. The process used in this medical aid is a popular application in the facelift surgery. It is the physician who applies electric pulses through the machine using vinyl graphite gloves or electrodes. This process lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes. The intensity and duration of applied current varies depending on the severity of pain the person experiences due to the trauma. While some patients recover within weeks, several others take years to get rid of the trauma related pain completely. Owing to its unpredictable results, there is no surety regarding the effectiveness of this therapy.
Although the side effects of this therapy are rare, people with certain types of complications must not go for this therapy. It is not used in people with problems relating to the brain, patients with pacemakers, and pregnant women. People with complications in the spinal cord must inform their physical therapist before starting the treatment. This is necessary, so that there is no extra pressure on the spinal cord, else several other problems may further arise. Microcurrent side effects magnify in intensity, in case, the therapy is used for certain medical conditions that require other treatment options. Hence, a proper knowledge about patient's medical history is important for the therapist, to decide if he must be given this therapy. There is a risk associated with this therapy, i.e., there is a drastic change in muscle tissues, which leads to a sudden removal of waste products (that have for long been stored in the body). These fast processes lead to a sudden detoxification reaction after the treatment. In other detoxification processes, like massaging, the intensity is quite less, however, in microcurrent therapy this detoxification process occurs rapidly. Besides, there is a sudden boost to the cellular metabolism.
Some of the side effects also include, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, and a temporary flu-like feeling. The duration of the side effects is generally from 4 to 24 hours, and they show up approximately 90 minutes after the treatment process has been carried out. It is not that everyone experiences adverse effects of this treatment. As stated earlier, there is a lot of ambiguity about results of this treatment. Some people experience very positive results, while several others experience certain side effects. To avoid the side effects of this therapy, an individual must discuss all health-related concerns with an expert and only then, he or she should go for this treatment procedure.
Microcurrent therapy must be accompanied by proper diet, healthy lifestyle, and regular exercise. Just relying on this therapy is not a very bright idea. The risks related to this disease are initially normal, however, if they persist for long time, immediate medical intervention is essential.