What is microcurrent technology?
There are many different disciplines in the vast field of electrophysical technology. Their conjunctive relationship is the natural electrical current operating within the body. One difference between each discipline is the method of approach to the body with respect to this current.
Microcurrent is not only a term, but also a technology that grew out of the expansive field of electrophysiology. Modern medical science acknowledges multiple processes in the body that are electrical. Every cell in the body can be seen as an "electrical generator" which generates electrical currents. These currents are measured often by means of electrical activities in the skin (GSR), the brain (EEG), the heart (EKG), and the muscles (EMG). (Moss) Microcurrent technology works hand in hand with these currents. This technology recognizes the body as a self-healing organism and supports its many natural occurring functions. In turn, microcurrent achieves a variety of results in the many facets of youth, health and wellness.
"Weak stimuli increases physiologic activity and
very strong stimuli inhibit or abolish activity."
The human body is an electrical being and the health of it depends on the energy currents that run through the body. When the body suffers a trauma, (acne, sprain, fatigue etc ... ) it encapsulates itself in some manner for healing purposes (inflammation, swelling, spasm etc ... ). During a healing crisis such as this, normally free flowing currents will circumvent the area of trauma and travel around it. This happens because electrical current always takes the path of least resistance. (Arndt,Schulz) As a result, the flow of electricity in the traumatized area is significantly reduced or possibly void. At this point, the body as a self-healing organism is not recovering optimally.
Coupled with a trauma and a healing crisis, the details of the body's needs are now more severe. In order to return to a homeostatic condition the body must regenerate and heal itself. This process begins within the body at the cellular level. The injured cells need increased oxygen, protein synthesis, ion exchange and Aden osi ne Tri phosphate (ATP). (Cheng) The polarity of the cells must be re-balanced, waste and toxins must be eliminated quickly and the absorption of nutrients and reduction of microbes is essential.
Microcurrent stimulates the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is stored cellular energy that allows a cell to function. This in turn triggers the body's natural bio-chemical healing process. This process allows intracellular fluids to be restored, electrolyte levels to be replenished, and the absorption of nutrients. The stimulation of intracellular calcium further strengthens cellular balance and healing. Amino acid uptake is increased, as well as protein synthesis, which assists in tissue repair. Blood circulation and lymphatic flow are increased. These vital functions are increased five fold with microcurrent technology to promote optimal healing and regeneration of cells and tissue. (Cheng)
Microcurrent uses a direct current that travels in a waveform. It is a current with extremely low amperage that operates optimally below the threshold of pain. It is operable only between 1 and 1000 micro-amps. It is completely normal for people to feel next to nothing during microcurrent treatments.
The operator usually directs the current with probes, pads, or gloves. Microcurrent is utilized worldwide to facilitate and promote healing, regenerate epithelial tissue, and rejuvenate muscle tissue. (Alvarez)
In the esthetics arena microcurrent is primarily utilized to treat serious demands and indications such as muscle lifting and toning, skin firming, acne, pigmentation, scars, pre and post-op healing, cellulite treatments, product ionization, and lymphatic drainage of the face and body. It is a popular non-invasive technology, which gives the client freedom to attain antiaging goals without the recovery and downtime of surgeries and other aggressive treatments. Contraindictions for microcurrent use include chronic illness, pacemakers, pregnancy, epilepsy, thrombosis,phlebitis, and cancer.
Microcurrent technology provides a re-education to muscles. Clinicians can tone and lift muscles on the face or body with microcurrent by using lengthening and shortening techniques. This is achieved by targeting the origin and insertion points of the muscles.
A lengthening technique is typically used on a contractile muscle, such as the corruga- muscle located between the eyebrows. The clinician is able to manipulate the corrugator muscle with microcurrent in order to relax and re-educate it. As a result, the deep creases that can appear between the brows are significantly diminished. The same re-eclucative principles are used for shortening techniques. The masseter muscle, also known as the cheek, is prone to elongate, commonly referred to as elastosis. To combat elastosis, microcurrent is used from the origin and insertion points to shorten the muscle and re-educate it to stay tone and tight, thereby reversing the effects of aging.
Microcurrent technology offers a concept that is preventative for younger clients and rejuvenating for mature clients. Mature clients usually experience dramatic results that are almost always immediate and continue to improve and sustain with repetitive treatments. A standard treatment course would ideally consist of 10 - 12 treatments over a period of four to six weeks and a maintenance treatment every month to retain the improved muscle tone.
Pre and post-op microcurrent treatments can amplify results and promote healing function 5 times faster than the body is normally capable of performing during a healing crisis. Depending on the circumstances, this treatment can facilitate desired outcomes such as less scarring, crusting, and inflammation.
Cellulite treatments are heightened by utilizing microcurrent to increase blood circulation, metabolism, and lymphatic flow, all of which help to combat the fatty pockets which settle into colonies of excess fat beneath the surface of the skin.
Lymphatic drainage techniques are enhanced with microcurrent as it facilitates the lymph to move more readily to the terminus. Microcurrent uses a negative current at the terminus, and the positive current for the manipulation of the lymphatic fluids. The lymph is readily drawn toward the negative charge at terminus for proper drain age. This procedure can be done through manual manipulation with the use of gloves or unattended with the use of pads. Lymphatic procedures are beneficial to heal and purify the cells of the body.
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