For me this made the difference from being unable to work for 20 years because of chronic pain and fatigue to becoming a therapist again.
HCPC registered Occupational Therapist and Member of the Medical Advisory Board for FMA UK
Microcurrent therapy is safe, gentle, non-invasive, and no side effects as you can get from medication. I have been using my own device since 2009. I use the Alpha-Stim regularly but others only need to use it for a short time to reduce pain, improve sleep and feel calmer.
The first question I asked before I started to use it was Is it safe? Yes, the Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared for the relief of depression, anxiety, insomnia and pain. (The FDA is the Food and Drug Administration in the USA similar to NICE in the UK, it checks out all the research on the device and tests how effective it is before clearing it for use). NHS England have recently approved it and a UK research study about the Alpha-Stim is almost complete 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.
The next question I asked was How does it work? For more details see the links below but a brief description is: Our bodies are full of nerves and cells communicating with electric currents. The Alpha-Stim produces tiny microcurrents similar to the currents in our body. The ear-clips help to produce alpha-waves which are the calm and alert feelings and help to increase the time in deep sleep. Sometimes when there is pain etc. the area does not work properly causing a block, the microcurrents help to clear the block.
The Alpha-Stim has helped over 10 million people worldwide. The conditions it helps include: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Insomnia, Arthritis, Back pain, TMD (jaw pain), Headaches, Accident injuries and Stress.
Try first, learn faster! I hire devices for you to try with my advice and I teach other medical professionals how to use the device in their clinics.
There are 3 devices available, the M, AID and PainMaster.
I have found that it is a combination of changes that can make the best improvements to our health. We are all unique and I have often thought we have to be good detectives to find out what will help.
Whether its Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Back pain, Stress or Past injuries - my Occupational Therapy training and 18 years of research could help you regain your quality of life.
I keep up-to-date with the best therapies. For example, in January 2017 I did a course by Dr Jonathan Kuttner a Pain Consultant, in trigger point release and understanding how to reduce the effects of 'Central Sensitsation'. For example in a recent talk (in 2018) by Dr Kuttner he said if you can get 30-50% pain reduction from a medication you're one of the lucky ones. So we need to look for more ways to improve our lives. One way is to gain more knowledge about what Central sensitisation is? Then how to stop it. It can happens to anyone who has been in chronic pain for more than 3 months. The nerves that carry pain messages can be altered and sometimes in unexpected ways. This doesn't mean the pain is all in our brain (imagined), the nerves are misbehaving but we can do something to reduce the impact of these nerve messages. See my page 'What is pain' for more on this. In 2013 I attended a Masterclass in Fatigue Management to enhance my skills in helping people increase their energy levels. At a conference in 2014 I learnt new ideas on how changing your posture can stop pain. I am currently editing a booklet for the charity FMA UK about 'Working with Fibromyalgia'. Do you know what 'Reasonable adjustments' to ask for and can you get a grant to buy equipment? How can you become a more effective employee and gain more job satisfaction?
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The clinic is based near junction 2 of the M40 in Buckinghamshire UK
If you are unable to visit her clinic she can advise you by phone and email or do consultations by Skype or FaceTime
Try first! And learn faster! with an experienced HCPC registered therapist, who has personal experience using the Alpha-Stim.