Alpha Stim Microcurrent Therapy (CES)
What can Micro-current Therapy successfully treat ?
How does Alpha Stim Microcurrent therapy work?
Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), involves the use of microcurrent devices, such as the alpha stim, to supply gentle, but clinically significant electrical impulses to body tissues, in order to facilitate physiological change. It is a different approach to neurofeedback since the same treatment waveform is given to every person (although strength and treatment time can be adjusted), rather than the treatment stimulus being a reflection of an individual's personal neural activity.
Scientific research shows that Alpha – Stim microcurrent therapy activates nerve cells in the brain stem which produce serotonin ,and acetylcholine, to produce feelings of calm and well being naturally. It increases alpha activity in the brain, associated with calm alertness.
These effects can be produced after a single treatment, and repeated treatments have been shown to increase the relative strength and duration of these effects.
What is involved?
Treatment involves wearing a small lightweight unit which can hang around the neck like a camera. Moistened earclips are placed on the earlobes and treatment will usually be delivered over a 20-60 minute period. It is often best not to use the device in the 3 hours before sleep as it may leave you feeling alert. All activities can be carried out while using the device, other than driving or operating heavy machinery .
Can Alpha Stim Microcurrent Therapy be used with medication or other therapies?
Microcurrent therapy can be used to support other treatments or drug therapy, however, many people find that regular treatment enables them to reduce or stop medication. It can be particularly useful for people who cannot tolerate side effects of medications or who prefer not to use medication.
Is Microcurrent Therapy painful?
Most people feel no sensation. The ear clips may cause some tingling and initially may cause feelings of nausea or lightheadedness whilst the correct dose for you is found - these effects are very temporary.
The Alpha Stim at Bath Neurotherapy Clinic
Units can be purchased outright (￡599) or you may hire the unit for a period of treatment (￡50 per week). Unit hire follows an initial consultation (￡40) to allow for demonstration of the unit and to answer any questions you may have. Treatment typically requires 3-6 weeks of use (3-7 times a week). If you wish to purchase the unit outright, hire costs will be deducted from the price of the unit.
What is the research evidence?
Many studies have been conducted into the efficacy of this device and results are listed here:
For more information, please visit the Microcurrent Site www.alpha-stim.com/alpha-stim-technology/