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Microcurrent therapy is the application of very low-level currents, or microcurrents, to muscular inflammation, tissue damage, and regions of nerve pain. It’s important to note that microcurrent therapy isn’t the same as TENS. During a TENS treatment, you generally feel the electrical current, whereas microcurrent therapy produces no sensation. Below are three reasons why microcurrent therapy is growing in popularity and can be healthy for you.
1. Electrical Stimulation Boosts Your Natural Healing Power
It’s important to remember that we humans are, except for our bones, mostly water. Water is a polarized molecule, as demonstrated by physicals signs including surface tension at the top of a glass that’s about to overflow, and the fact that ice floats. It’s not as dense as water; the polarized molecule creates a gap between the molecules when it’s locked in place as ice.
Electricity is already at work in our bodies. The application of microcurrents simply helps to bring damaged tissues back into proper vibration. Torn or inflamed tissue has a disrupted electrical frequency. Disrupted tissue will be more inflamed, have a higher pain level, and take longer to heal.
Users often find that microcurrent therapy can work on inflammation from the skin down into the joints. Nerve pain, from structural nerve damage to shingles, can be helped by microcurrent therapy. It can also work on skin injuries, such as diabetic ulcers and slow-healing wounds from surgery or traumatic impact.
2. Increased Production of ATP
Adenosine triphosphate or ATP is an organic compound that serves as a tool for intracellular energy movement. Health tissue loses ATP over time, resulting in a loss of tissue flexibility and firmness.
Microcellular stimulation boosts your own ATP production, which in turn boosts your production of important proteins. These proteins, including collagen and elastin, are critical to key, healthy tissues both at the skin level and further down in your connective fibers.
Collagen gets a lot of attention as a cause of wrinkles. However, collagen works hard under your skin too. In fact, your ligaments and tendons need collagen throughout your life. By pushing to get more ATP in your system, either by microcurrent therapy or by pushing yourself to lift heavier weights once your injury is healed, you actually stimulate the production fo all types of collagen necessary for the body.
There are also supplements that can help you increase the necessary collagen for connective tissue. There are 5 types of collagen. Ligaments are about 95% type 1, and tendons are at least 60% Type 1. To boost your production of Type III collagen, which is what boosts your facial skin firmness, many people supplement with fish collagen.
3. Microcurrent Therapy On Your Face
If you’ve undergone TENS treatments, the idea of electrical stimulation on your face can be a bit worrying. If you’re considering a microcurrent facial, visit a therapist who can give you a sample treatment on the delicate skin inside your elbow or on your neck. Once you can be confident that the microcurrent therapy will be tolerable and not painful, you can proceed to promote collagen growth back in the skin on your face.
It’s possible to do this treatment at home. However, since the treatment includes using a conducting gel, and we’re still talking about applying electricity to your body, visit a professional for your first treatment. Once you know you can tolerate the conducting gel and not suffer breakouts or an allergic reaction, you can move forward with a home stimulation kit. Many of these products have a timer built-in, so you don’t overdo any particular spot.
Experts recommend that you get a microcurrent facial three times per week as you re-educate your facial muscles with new connective tissue. The early treatments are about refreshing tired tissues for evenness and a reduction in wrinkles. Over time, increased collagen production can serve as a fresher, less wrinkled base for your skin.
There are no side effects to a microcurrent facial and few risks, though people with pacemakers and pregnant women are not allowed to use this technology.
A series of microcurrent facials are a safe and effective way to boost collagen and reduce the signs of aging on your face. Once you’re able to enjoy this treatment and know that you can tolerate the conducting gel, you can get a tool to use at home and save salon expenses.