Article reprint from
The International Review of Modern Surgery
The Micro-current Vascular Treatment System
The Micro-current Vascular Treatment System is the result of several years of research and development. Thousands of patient case histories show Microcurrent Vascular Treatment System to be totally safe and effective in the treatment of a cross section of vascular deficiency cases. The following conditions have all responded decisively with excellent results;
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Ischemic Rest Pain
- Diabetic Neuropathy for Arms and Lower Extremity
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Occupational Medicine (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
Essentially, every tissue in the body has intrinsic electrical properties. Because of this, it has been found that they respond in some way to electrical stimulation. There have been many machines designed over the years to use electricity to affect the body in various ways to enhance the healing process. There are many forms of electricity such as polarity, voltage, amperage, frequency and waveform. Because of patent issues and proprietary information, the exact properties of Micro-current cannot be revealed; however, the general principles are as follows:
How Micro-current works
Underlying the above disease processes is the problem of impaired circulation in the capillary beds. Without blood flow to the tissues, oxygen and nutrients cannot get into the tissues and the waste products of metabolism cannot get out. This puts a severe stress on the tissues causing them to go into a survival mode. The cells use what limited resources they have to stay alive and higher functions, including healing and repair, as well as tissue mediated immunity, become essentially shut down.
In most patients with severe disease, measured tissue oxygen levels have been found to be less than 15% of normal. Diabetics with impaired basement membrane function, Reynaud’s phenomena, Claudication states and other similar conditions all may have similar features due to this underlying process.
Micro-current has been optimized to promote healing by causing muscle fasciculation and contraction relaxation cycles that effectively pump blood through the microcirculation, draining the venous beds and raising the tissue oxygen levels. This, in turn, supplies the oxygen and substrates necessary to greatly accelerate the healing process. Pressure gradients are actually increased across the capillary beds with micro-current, in contrast to most of the other best technologies on the market today that only dilate the capillary beds.
Micro-current has a potent effect on the microcirculation, which results in dramatic responses to treatment. Transcutaneous oxygen probes have demonstrated marked increases in tissue oxygen levels within minutes of initiating treatment. Tissue oxygen levels with successive treatments continue to improve.
Micro-current Stimulates Angiogenesis
The Micro-current’s electrical form stimulates angiogenesis, which is, budding of new capillaries and generation of denser capillary networks in the tissues. This lays the groundwork for new tissue growth and repair in the healing process. The Micro-current’s electrical form also raises the metabolic rate in the treated tissues, which, it is theorized, helps the inner lining of the arteries to metabolize the excess unused nutrients clogging them. This results in improved blood flow that has shown to be permanent in most cases.
Micro-current Stimulates Fibroblast Activity
In addition, the Microcurrent electrical form directly stimulates the activity of fibroblasts in the healing process. In the healing of ischemic ulcers the fibroblasts act first to build the framework upon which further cell types including skin and capillaries grow. The electrical current of Micro-current is a deep penetrating current that affects all tissues from the skin to the bone. Technically, the Micro-current system generates an electromagnetic force field between the emitter pads. (This is in contrast to the electrical form of some machines that stay rather superficial in the tissues affecting primarily the top centimeter or two). Micro-current stimulates activity in bone cells as well, which can accelerate fracture healing.
Microcurrent Reverses Neuropathy
Most excitedly, the Micro-current team can report amazing success in reversing neuropathy in the feet of diabetics being treated. In follow up on this condition thus far, improvement has persisted out to 4 years. To our knowledge, there is no known current technology or treatment modality that can reverse diabetic neuropathy other than Micro-current. This appears to be a therapeutic benefit that is unique to Micro-current thus far. It is not known yet how this is occurring. It may be due to improvement in the circulation that nourishes the nerves or an unknown direct action on the nerves.