What is Microcurrent Therapy?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Clinical Therapies
Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

Microcurrent therapy uses extremely low-level electrical currents (microcurrents) to treat nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and other health challenges.

How Does Microcurrent Therapy Work?

Each tissue type in your body has its own signature electrical frequency, which may be disrupted by injury or disease. Microcurrent therapy simply restores normal frequencies within the cells, resulting in remarkable improvements in pain, inflammation and function.

At the cellular level, microcurrent therapy stimulates a dramatic increase in ATP, the energy that fuels all biochemical functions in the body. It also bumps up protein synthesis, which is necessary for tissue repair. The ensuing enhancement in blood flow and decrease in inflammation translates into reductions in pain and muscle spasms, as well as increased range of motion.

What Is a Typical Treatment Session Like?

When you undergo microcurrent therapy, you sit comfortably while electrodes are placed at strategic locations to direct the currents to the targeted tissues. Warm, moist towels are applied to facilitate conduction.

Unlike the more familiar TENS units, which also use electrical currents to relieve pain, microcurrents are so weak that they don’t stimulate the sensory nerves, so you feel no shock-like sensations.

A treatment course typically involves several sessions, and benefits accrue over time. Microcurrent therapy is safe, FDA-approved and has no significant adverse effects. However, it is not recommended for patients who have pacemakers or are pregnant.

What Conditions Is Microcurrent Therapy Good For?

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herpes
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon and ligament pain

Learn more about how we use microcurrent therapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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