This section is a brief summary of symptoms and how microcurrent therapy could give you relief from pain and fatigue:
There are many overlapping symptoms with Fibromyalgia, ME & Chronic Fatigue. We are very sensitive and often find it hard to tolerate many therapies and treatments. The Alpha-Stim is very gentle, for example it is far more gentle and effective than the TENs devices and doesn't leave you with the zombie like feeling that amitriptyline gave me.
Symptoms can include: Muscle pain and stiffness. We're often told our pain is amplified. This was a concept I found hard to fully understand until I had done the Dr Kuttner's Central Sensitisation course. Central Sensitisation is a major part of Fibromyalgia, the whole body has become sensitised. This is caused by a dysfunction of the pain processing system. It is not caused consciously! This can happen in any chronic condition and I believe also plays a signification part in ME and CFS. The Alpha-Stim can reduce this all-over pain just by the ear-clip. Depending on your pain pattern you might find all you need is the Alpha-Stim AID? Phone me for a FREE chat to work this out.
I believe the ear-clips are very good at reducing the effects of central sensitisation on pain. I think this happens because it reduces signals to the thalamus region as well as other areas in the limbic brain. I also believe the fact that the ear-clips encourages the inhibitory tract is also a significant factor in pain reduction. As well as the improvement to deep restorative sleep.
If you have significant pain in certain areas of your body the n the probes and sticky AS-trodes that come with the Alpha-Stim M can help reduce regional pain even further. The PainMaster, which is for regional pain, see pictures shown above, is another gentle microcurrent device that can reduce pain and is easy to hide under clothing.
• Unrefreshed sleep:
This is waking up and feeling as if you haven’t slept at all. The Alpha-Stim research proves it can help with all aspects of insomnia, such as improving the time in deep sleep which is missing with those of us with Fibromyalgia and Fatigue and calming the constant activity of the mind when trying to sleep.
Research suggests that we get too much alpha-wave intrusion when we sleep stopping us getting deep sleep. By using the ear-clips during the day this encourages more alpha-waves during the daytime, the calm and alert feelings. Then this helps move more delta waves to night time aiding better sleep.
For more information on sleep see this page of my website Improving sleep
• Fatigue: This is the type of exhaustion that made me feel as if I was walking through treacle. I used to describe it to my young son, when he used to often find me resting on my bed, that the duvet felt like the weight of an elephant. This exhaustion is thought to be caused by a lack of deep sleep and mitochondrial dysfunction. By improving the quality of sleep and increasing ATP (energy) in the cells the Alpha-Stim can give you more energy. A research study on rat skins has shown that the microcurrent waves can possible raise the ATP level in the cell by 500% if the waves are kept at or below 500iu.
• Cognitive disturbance:
This is given the nickname 'fibro-fog' or 'brain fog', that can reduce the ability to concentrate. The ear-clips give a calm and alert feeling which can over time improve concentration. I was so pleased and surprised when I noticed after 2 months the ear-clips totally took away my fibro fog.
• Headaches, tension and/or migraines:
The ear-clips alone can help but often there is also the need for the probes and/or sticky AS-trodes to stop the active myofascial trigger points that are often present in the neck and shoulders. Please contact me to ask which is the better device for you.
• Sensitivities, to light, sound, smells and allergies:
These can be reduced by the calming effect of the micro-current waves. By reducing the over-reaction of the body's 'fight and flight' response and/ or by possibly helping medication work more effectively. I used to find going on the London Underground was like walking throught a crowded night club now thanks to the ear-clips I don't have a problem traveling on the Underground.
Irritable bowel or bladder, some of these symptoms can be a side-effect of medication and/or anxiety. Therefore stopping or reducing these medications will help. I have found the Alpha-Stim has helped many clients stop or reduce their medication. Also the calming effects of the micro-currents can reduce anxiety that can increase sensitivity in the bowel and bladder.
• Anxiety and depression:
Some people also have clinical anxiety and/or depression. - The Alpha-Stim has many research studies that show the ear-clips can be very effective in treating anxiety and depression.
• Sensitive to medication:
As well as being unable to take some medications some people can build up a tolerance to medication (it is no long as effective as it used to be). The Alpha-Stim treatment is gentle and subtle and very rarely do people suffer from side-effects, such as those that can arise from medication. For example, stomach ulcers, nausea and muggy head feelings.
The graph shows the Alpha-Stim's unique ‘Bipolar asymmetric rectangular wave form’ which is designed so you don’t build up a tolerance. I have successfully been using my device for 10 years and it still works as well as when I started.
The actual cause of Fibromyagia has not yet been found. However over the past several years research has produced some insights, such as how Central Sensitisation causes amplified pain messages and many other strange symptoms. Most people with Fibromaylgia are deprived of deep restorative sleep. Research has identified a deficiency in Serotonin in the central nervous system coupled with a threefold increase in the neurotransmitter substance P, found in spinal fluid and which transmits pain signals. The effect is a Pain Processing Dysfunction. The brain registers pain when others might only experience a slight ache or stiffness. The diagram of the brain by James Giordano, Ph.D shows how the Alpha-Stim can modulate (bring back into the correct balance) these neurotransmitters by for example encouraging the production of Serotonin.
The Alpha-Stim microcurrent devices:
The ear-clips used on their own should help lessen all-over pain, but most importantly they should improve your quality of sleep see my page on improving sleep. The probes and sticky AS-trode patches can help reduce more severe pain, call or email Linda for free advice to find out which device is better for you.
The ear-clips also reduce the impulses going to the amygdala region of the brain. This is where our ‘fight and flight response’ comes from. Dr Patrick Woods in the USA explains it brilliantly. If someone without Fibromyalgia is walking down the street and meets a tiger their adrenaline levels rise ready to run away, freeze or fight the tiger. When the tiger has gone their adrenaline level returns to normal. For those of us with Fibromyalgia our adrenaline levels are on a constant high, Dr Woods says it’s like living in the cage with the tiger. The ear-clips should reduce this and leave you with less amplified pain reducing the effects of central sensitisation. (We get more messages from the damaged areas of our bodies than we should related to the amount of tissue damage). Be patient, the effects are cumulative, after a few months using the device most people do not need it as much. I continued to improve for 9 months using the ear-clips daily. To see more about the Alpha-Stim AID please click on this page.
For more about the Alpha-Stim M please click on this page.
Does this sound too good to be true?
Well I thought so. When Dr Lister first told me about the Alpha-Stim I checked to see if it was safe and then trialed a device. After I found it helped me I gave 18 members of the Chiltern Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue group the chance to trial the Alpha-Stim. Of these 15 also improved. If you would like to see the detailed report of this study please contact me
Please contact me for advice on which device is most suitable for you and how to use the Alpha-Stim, as it is important to learn how to use the Alpha-Stim correctly to get the best results. I hire out devices to give you a chance to try before you buy, plus the advice from my 9 years of experience.
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