Microcurrent therapy uses extremely low-level electrical currents (microcurrents) to treat nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and other health challenges. It may be used in a chiropractic office by your doctor of chiropractic to manage and treat a variety of musculoskelatal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, muscle spasm, muscle pain, tightness and joint pain, whiplash after a car accident, arthritis, nerve pain or sciatica, pain from a bulging or herniated disk, and headaches or injuries after playing sports such a sprain or strain.
Tissue pathology begins with injured or otherwise insulted cells that exude certain biochemical substances, such as arachidonic acid, from the lipid portion of the cell membrane into their interstitial environment. These substances are responsible for turning on a complex array of inflammatory and pain – producing responses. The best way to accelerate relief from these responses is to accelerate the intracellular processes that result in the repair or replacement of the injured cells themselves. This involves accelerating the production of ATP (primary conveyor of energy within the cell), new protein and new DNA, if new cells are required. The calcium concentration within the cells is known to play a very important role in activating a variety of enzymes which turn on the above processes. It has been shown that passing electrical current across the membrane of tissue cells (such as fibroblasts, which form new tissue in healing wound) in an optimal fashion will do a remarkably effective job of opening certain membrane channels to calcium ions. Calcium ions will then proceed to enter the cell from interstitial fluid (where they are more concentrated), and increase their concentration within the cell.
Electrical stimulation of a tissue also results in improved circulation by several mechanisms, which may include the local release of vasodilator substances and decrease in sympathetic vasoconstrictor reflex activity. This can result in :
- Reduced pain at injury site
- Improved neuromuscular responsiveness
- Reduction of inflammatory responses
- Increased range of motion and reduction of tightness in disturbed muscle tissue
- Reduced recuperation time and less neuromuscular inhibition leading to enhanced contractility of muscle fibers.
You may be a candidate for Microcurrent therapy. Call and schedule an appointment to see if microcurrent therapy is right for you!
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