Bioelectric therapy is a safe, drug-free treatment option for people in pain. It is used to treat some chronic pain and acute pain conditions. It relieves pain by blocking pain messages to the brain.
When you are injured, pain receptors send a message to the central nervous system
(the brain and spinal cord). The message is registered as pain by certain cells in the body.
Using bioelectric currents, bioelectric therapy relieves pain by interrupting pain signals before they reach the brain. Bioelectric therapy also prompts the body to produce endorphins which help to relieve pain.
Ancient Electric Healing
Electric energy has been used for healing and pain relief since ancient times. Acupuncture needles have also been in continuous use since the Bronze Age and this is no coincidence. They create low electrical discharges when inserted your body. Now used worldwide, these treatments have been recognized by the World Health Organization as helpful for more than 200 diseases, including pain relief. They can work for you, too!
Promoting Cellular Health
Bio-electric acupuncture speeds the transfer of energy across cell membranes by acting on tiny inclusion bodies with energy in every cell on your body, called mitochondria. These mighty engines produce energy for your body right on the cellular level, powering the processes that repair and get rid of damaged cells. Mitochondria are the tiny engines inside white blood cells that fight infections. Bio-electric acupuncture gives this healing action a boost, helping you get well.
What Conditions Are Treated With Bioelectric Therapy?
Bioelectric therapy can be used to treat chronic and acute pain conditions including:
Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD
Headaches and migraines
Disorders of blood flow in the upper and lower limbs
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome (which affects the jaw)
Disorders of the nervous system, such as diabetic neuropathy
Pain and ulcers of the skin resulting from poor circulation or scleroderma (a chronic condition that can cause thickening or hardening of the skin.
Have a pacemaker
Have thrombosis (blood clots in the arms or legs)
Have a bacterial infection
How Effective Is Bioelectric Therapy?
Bioelectric therapy is effective in providing temporary pain control, but it should only be a part of a total pain management program. When used along with conventional pain-relieving medications, bioelectric treatment may reduce the dose of some pain medications by up to 50%.
What Happens During Bioelectric Therapy?
During bioelectric therapy, several small, flat rubber adhesive discs (called electrodes) are applied to your skin at prescribed areas to be treated. Sometimes rubber suction cups (called vaso pneumatic devices) may be applied to your skin. The electrodes are hooked up to a computer that programs the precise treatment dosage required. High frequency alternating electrical currents are then applied to the electrodes. The currents move through the skin quickly with little discomfort. During treatment, your response to the electrical stimulation is measured.
When electricity is applied, a mild vibrating, tingling sensation is common. This sensation should not be uncomfortable; you should feel a relaxing, soothing pain relief. As the currents are applied, you will provide verbal feedback to the clinician. If the sensation becomes too strong, please tell the clinician right away so the treatment can be adjusted. You should be comfortable and enjoy the treatment, which lasts about 20 minutes.
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