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Microcurrent & Joint Discomfort

A Whole Lifestyle Program: Using Therapy to Relieve Pain and Help in Health Improvement

Are you in constant discomfort? Is it affecting your everyday activities? Have you been forced into a sedentary lifestyle? Read on to learn how you can change your life around using microcurrent therapy as part of your whole lifestyle program.

By regularly using microcurrent therapy it can help alleviate the short-term symptoms of discomfort and stiffness from joint problems, as well as aid in long-term improvement. Yet even with all of the known benefits of microcurrent, it is not a miracle cure for all discomfort or all conditions. Instead, it should be incorporated into a health program that addresses the cause of the issue and includes a nutritious diet, exercise, weight loss (if necessary), and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Yet sometimes, even when at a good weight and living a healthy lifestyle, people still develop arthritis and joint pain. By incorporating at-home therapy sessions into your daily routine it can drastically improve your quality of life.


Silver Knit Socks for Athritic Feet

Silver knit gloves for hand issues.

Customizable pad setups, i.e. treat knees

These images show just a small sampling of the microcurrent treatment options available.

Influencing Factors
When people experience joint issues, such as arthritis, weight is a major factor in increasing their discomfort. Every pound of body weight is the equivalent of 4 pounds of weight on your joints, which means that if a person is just 10 pounds overweight it is an extra 40 pounds on their joints. The following is a quote from a weight loss study.

" ‘Our results indicate that each pound of weight lost will result in a 4-fold reduction in the load exerted on the knee per step during daily activities,’ wrote lead researcher Dr. Stephen P. Messier and colleagues. ‘Accumulated over thousands of steps per day, a reduction of this magnitude would appear to be clinically meaningful.’

“And when they analyzed those results in relation to the amount of force on participants' knees, they found the force reduction worked out to 4 times the amount of weight lost. ‘The accumulated reduction in knee load for a 1-pound loss in weight would be more than 4,800 pounds per mile walked,’ noted Messier in a press release. ‘For people losing 10 pounds, each knee would be subjected to 48,000 pounds less in compressive load per mile walked.’ ”
- Study: Weight loss can have a big impact on knees

Just as carrying extra weight strains and damages the joints, dropping those pounds will reduce the strain. To improve health and lose weight, exercise must become part of each individual’s regular routine. Even if this exercise is a minimal amount, it is necessary to help lose weight and decrease strain on joints. Therefore by treating with therapies to alleviate symptoms, it will enable individuals to be more active, which can translate into weight loss. Combine this with a healthy diet and good posture, it results in a well-rounded health routine that can reduce discomfort from joint pain. Therapy plays a huge role in this process, because many people are stopped from exercising due to severe joint problems.

Microcurrent therapy treatments can be used as often as necessary to provide enough relief and healing support to enable you to exercise and improve your overall quality of life. The exact treatment setups and durations will vary depending on the device being used and the area of discomfort. Additionally, even if weight is not an issue, microcurrent will still provide beneficial relief of discomfort and aid in improved joint health.

There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription devices available, which can be used for at-home therapy sessions. In addition to microcurrent, Qi Gong infrasound massagers and Light Therapy Devices work well to soothe joint discomfort.

Benefits from Therapies: Microcurrent provides the body with a variety of benefits, which in turn help improve health and comfort. Additionally, between the various devices and accessory electrodes available treatments are highly customizable to meet your needs. The following are a few of microcurrent’s benefits:

  • Improves circulation and nutrition to joints,
  • Improved circulation and dilated blood vessels,
  • Elimination of wastes and toxins,
  • Reduces inflammation.

Light therapy does not provide a hands-free option, but it can be used without making contact with the skin, which is ideal for extremely sensitive areas. Some benefits of light therapy are that it increases circulation, provides pain relief, reduces inflammation, and improves tissue repair. Learn More.

Qi Gong Infrasound Massagers also do not provide a hands-free option, however they can relieve joint pain and help maintain joint comfort. Infrasound therapy can help relieve discomfort from arthritis, soothes aches, and increases circulation, as well as additional benefits. Learn More.

Busy Schedule?
Therapy can be incorporated into your day wherever you have a moment, or during part of your regular routine. For example, while watching TV, reading, or sipping a morning cup of coffee, even when driving (with some therapy options). With the options available you can easily find the device and treatment program that meets your needs and that can be fit into even the busiest of schedules.

Microcurrent Practitioners
If you would like to have a health care professional perform microcurrent treatments - in addition to or in replacement of at-home sessions - there are practices that offer microcurrent. The Professional Physical Therapists clinic in Whittier, CA lists microcurrent as part of their most popular treatment process for arthritis and some have many microcurrent devices treating patients all day.

Microcurrent: Additional Benefits & Applications

Microcurrent therapy has many benefits and is an excellent foundation for other types of therapies. It provides pain relief and helps speed up recovery time from injuries and after surgery, as well as being beneficial for general maintenance and relieving sore or achy muscles. There are a wide range of conditions that can benefit from microcurrent, click here to learn more about common injuries that are aided by microcurrent.

Studies show that the following are some of the benefits of treating with microcurrent:

  • Improved circulation and dilated blood vessels
    Amperes Scale
    Amp
    A
    1 ampere
    stuns human nerve sheath
    Milli
    mA
    1,000/1 ampere
    stuns human nerve sheath
    Micro
    uA
    1,000,000/1 ampere
    just above human range
    Nano
    (millimicro)
    nA
    1,000/1 micro
    human body range
    Pico
    (micromicro)
    pA
    1012/1 micro
    human body range
    .
  • Increased amount of red blood cells.
  • Tendon and ligament recovery time is reduced by 50%.
  • Nerve repair and healing without scar tissue.
  • Stimulating lymph circulation.
  • Elimination of wastes and toxins.
  • Increased ATP* production up to 500% (ATP=adenosine triphosphate)
  • Increased excretion of fluids through the kidneys.
  • Lengthening the connective tissue, reducing or preventing formation of adhesion and reducing the danger of fibrosis.
  • Improved circulation and nutrition to joints.
  • Pain relief.
  • Relaxing, i.e. help alleviate anxiety.
  • Learn more about microcurrent (Microcurrent Research and Additional Articles)

*ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) represents cells' energy. Stored ATP provides the energy needed for essentially all physiological mechanisms that require energy.

Clarification: TENS vs. Microcurrent
Based on FDA classification, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units cover the complete range of units that use electrical current applied through the skin. However, traditional TENS units are in the milliamperage range whereas microcurrent units are in the much lower microamperes range. Microcurrent devices start with a microampere (uA), which is one millionth of an amp, rather than a milliampere (mA), which is one thousandth of an amp. The popular TENS units in the higher milliamperage range are commonly used as a prescription for pain control as an alternative to prescription drugs. The difference between typical TENS units and microcurrent units is that the use of milliamperes blocks pain signals to the brain, verses microamperes which provide pain relief and stimulate healing.

**Disclaimer: Always consult with physician. Benefits from microcurrent seem more than results approved by FDA. The FDA has only cleared microcurrent for temporary relief of pain for prescription devices.

by Matrix, August 2012

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