What is Microcurrent Therapy?
Dr Chris Steele
'Getting off the This Morning sofa had become agony': Dr Chris Steele on his osteoarthritis
From article in Daily Mirror as told to Joani Walsh. December 2012
I needed an alternative to painkillers and I’d read about a new Alpha-Stim machine. I’m sceptical about any treatment that hasn’t been tested for years, but there was clinical evidence supporting its use in pain relief.
It uses electrical microcurrents delivered through the central nervous system via clips attached to the earlobes to stimulate production of endorphins – natural brain chemicals that have a morphine-like effect – and increase activity of alpha waves, the frequency along which the brain operates to help us relax. Electrodes attached to pads applied to the point of pain also conduct the microcurrent to increase blood flow and oxygen to the area, reducing inflammation. The clips and pads are connected to a small unit you attach to your belt while you go about your usual routine.
I wore the unit for a few hours the first time – and by the next day the pain was gone. I was amazed. The effects last a few days, but the more you use it, the longer-lasting the results, until you can increase the time between applications. There were no side-effects, either. For full article see: www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/dr-chris-steele-on-his-osteoarthritis-getting-1471292
This shows how the gentle current is used to treat knee pain
(the probe treatment protocol takes only 2 minutes) and the ear-clips can reduce pain and help aid better sleep and leave you feeling calm yet alert.
Microcurrent therapy uses a very small electrical current similar to the current that already exists in your body. This therapy helps increase circulation and helps cells function.
SAFE - EFFECTIVE - GENTLE - FAST
The Alpha-Stim treatment uses a tiny microcurrent and has been used for 31 years and by over 10 million people worldwide. It has been proved to be safe by many clinical studies, 23 of these have been randomised (double blind placebo) studies. The Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared for the relief of depression, anxiety, insomnia and pain. It is a class 11a type B medical device. For details of these studies and many case histories see www.stress.org/education/ces-research/.
There is currently a UK research study about the Alpha-Stim being done by Prof R. Morris at the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Interventions (IAPT) service.
The NHS are now using the AID to treat anxiety in the IAPT service at Leicestershire with Nottinghamshire taking it on soon..
Linda is one of the most experienced Alpha-Stim practitioners in the UK. She trains other Alpha-Stim practitioners.
She is skilled in using both the AID and Alpha-Stim M for a variety of different conditions.