Help for the "Eleven Lines", drooping facial muscles,"turkey neck", Loss of Skin Tone and Cellulite with non-invasive, gentle and healing Microcurrent.
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What is microcurrent technology?
There are many different disciplines in the vast field of electrophysical technology. Their conjunctive relationship is the natural electrical current operating within the body. One difference between each discipline is the method of approach to the body with respect to this current.
Microcurrent is not only a term, but also a technology that grew out of the expansive field of electrophysiology. Modern medical science acknowledges multiple processes in the body that are electrical. Every cell in the body can be seen as an "electrical generator" which generates electrical currents. These currents are measured often by means of electrical activities in the skin (GSR), the brain (EEG), the heart (EKG), and the muscles (EMG). (Moss) Microcurrent technology works hand in hand with these currents. This technology recognizes the body as a self-healing organism and supports its many natural occurring functions. In turn, microcurrent achieves a variety of results in the many facets of youth, health and wellness.
The human body is an electrical being and the health of it depends on the energy currents that run through the body. When the body suffers a trauma, (acne, sprain, fatigue etc ... ) it encapsulates itself in some manner for healing purposes (inflammation, swelling, spasm etc ... ). During a healing crisis such as this, normally free flowing currents will circumvent the area of trauma and travel around it. This happens because electrical current always takes the path of least resistance. (Arndt,Schulz) As a result, the flow of electricity in the traumatized area is significantly reduced or possibly void. At this point, the body as a self-healing organism is not recovering optimally.
Coupled with a trauma and a healing crisis, the details of the body's needs are now more severe. In order to return to a homeostatic condition the body must regenerate and heal itself. This process begins within the body at the cellular level. The injured cells need increased oxygen, protein synthesis, ion exchange and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). (Cheng) The polarity of the cells must be re-balanced, waste and toxins must be eliminated quickly and the absorption of nutrients and reduction of microbes is essential.
Microcurrent stimulates the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is stored cellular energy that allows a cell to function. This in turn triggers the body's natural bio-chemical healing process. This process allows intracellular fluids to be restored, electrolyte levels to be replenished, and the absorption of nutrients. The stimulation of intracellular calcium further strengthens cellular balance and healing. Amino acid uptake is increased, as well as protein synthesis, which assists in tissue repair. Blood circulation and lymphatic flow are increased. These vital functions are increased five fold with microcurrent technology to promote optimal healing and regeneration of cells and tissue. (Cheng)
Microcurrent uses a direct current that travels in a waveform. It is a current with extremely low amperage that operates optimally below the threshold of pain. It is operable only between 1 and 1000 micro-amps. It is completely normal for people to feel next to nothing during microcurrent treatments.
The technician directs the current with probes. Microcurrent is utilized worldwide to facilitate and promote healing, regenerate epithelial tissue, and rejuvenate muscle tissue. (Alvarez)
What does all this mean for you in terms of antiaging or cellulite reduction??
In the esthetics arena microcurrent is primarily utilized to treat serious demands and indications such as muscle lifting and toning, skin firming, acne, pigmentation, scars, pre and post-op healing, cellulite treatments, product ionization, and lymphatic drainage of the face and body. It is a popular non-invasive technology, which gives the client freedom to attain antiaging goals without the recovery and downtime of surgeries and other aggressive treatments. Contraindications for microcurrent use include chronic illness, pacemakers, pregnancy, epilepsy, thrombosis, phlebitis, and cancer. It also is advised to wait 3 months if you have had restalyn treatments.
Microcurrent technology provides a re-education to muscles. Clinicians can tone and lift muscles on the face or body with microcurrent by using lengthening and shortening techniques. This is achieved by targeting the origin and insertion points of the muscles.
"Eleven Lines" and Sagging Cheek Muscles
A lengthening technique is typically used on a contractile muscle, such as the corrugator muscle located between the eyebrows. The clinician is able to manipulate the corrugator muscle with microcurrent in order to relax and re-educate it. As a result, the deep creases that can appear between the brows are significantly diminished. The same re-educative principles are used for shortening techniques. The masseter muscle, also known as the cheek, is prone to elongate, commonly referred to as elastosis. To combat elastosis, microcurrent is used from the origin and insertion points to shorten the muscle and re-educate it to stay tone and tight, thereby reversing the effects of aging.
Who is a good candidate?
Microcurrent technology offers a concept that is preventative for younger clients and rejuvenating for mature clients. Mature clients usually experience dramatic results that are almost always immediate and continue to improve and sustain with repetitive treatments. A standard treatment course would ideally consist of 10 - 12 treatments over a period of four to six weeks and a maintenance treatment every month to retain the improved muscle tone.
Can Microcurrent help with cellulite?
We have had very good results with reducing the appearance of cellulite. We use a combination of microcurrent to increase blood circulation, metabolism, and lymphatic flow, all of which help to combat the fatty pockets which settle into colonies of excess fat beneath the surface of the skin, far-infrared sauna which helps to dissolve the fatty tissue and specialized products that restore the skin's natural tone. Statistics tell us that the effectiveness of cellulite reduction procedures with microcurrent alone is effective about 80% of the time. We believe that with the addition of the sauna and the clinical grade creams that we use, our results are even better.
Another very important point about microcurrent is the education about the procedures for utilizing the technology. Due to the diversified uses of microcurrent there are many different applications and techniques. Operators must understand and practice proper techniques at all times in order to attain optimal results. These steps are paramount for quality results. Our technicians are trained and certified in the delivery of microcurrent
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