Did you know that ancient Egyptians used eels to literally “shock” patients back to health? You read that correctly. Ancient Egyptians used eels as the earliest methods of electrostimulation, or neurostimulation, to relieve pain. In the 1970s, the Soviet Union included the microcurrent in medical research, and the technology continued to evolve with non-invasive treatments. If you visit your local physical therapist today, you won’t have to worry about eels or other primitive treatments, but you may hear about the most modern version of neurostimulation microcurrent technology).
Microcurrent devices provide non-invasive and non-pharmacological pain relief, a major departure from earlier neurostimulation therapies. These devices produce microcurrent impulses that are transmitted through the skin to interact with your body’s nervous system and provide therapy. When your body reacts to the microcurrents, tissues begin to change. Then, the microcurrent devices reacts to these changes and adjusts the currents according to your needs. This is called the electrical feedback loop, and it is essential for effective treatment.
Of course, the efficacy of treatment depends on the source of pain, your history of pain, other health issues and your adherence to the treatment schedule.
Conditions most suited for microcurrent technology are:
- Shoulder joint pain
- Knee pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal Tunnel and hand pain
- Elbow pain
- Neck pain
- Shin splints