ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACUSCOPE / MYOPULSE
What is the Electro-Acuscope?
A: The Acuscope is
a highly sophisticated electronic medical
instrument which is design to scan and treat
many types of pain and symptoms. It is one
of a class of electrical stimulation called
T.E.N.S. (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
Stimulation.) T.E.N.S. means that the instrument
uses electricity to treat pain by stimulating
your nervous system without puncturing the
skin. The Electro-Acuscope system is the
most technologically advanced and effective
form of T.E.N.S. equipment, available in
health care today.
Who uses the Acuscope?
A: The Acuscope is
currently being used by professional athletic
teams, sports medicine practices, hospitals,
and by thousands of private physicians and
therapist in every field of medicine throughout
the world. The Acuscope is very effective
with animals and is being used extensively
in veterinary clinics as well as with humans.
According to widespread publicity, many
outstanding athletes have been significantly
helped by Electro-Acuscope treatments; several
who have received Acuscope treatment for
pain and injury, won gold medals at the
1984 Summer Olympic Games.
How does it work?
A: The Electro-Acuscope
establishes a two-way communication between
the machine’s own computer circuitry
and the area of the patient’s body
being treated. It measures such things as
tissue conductivity, which is generally
very low in an area of pain. It treats by
introducing a gentle current in wave forms
similar to the body’s own electrical
currents. This increases the electrical
activity of the affected tissue so that
the cells can begin the work of self-repair.
How long does the treatment take?
A: Each treatment
will take from five to thirty minutes, depending
on the extent of the problem(s) and the
number of treatment you have already had.
For example, it takes longer to treat the
shoulders, neck, and back, than simply to
treat a simple wrist, foot, or ankle. Since
the results are cumulative, each additional
Acuscope treatment generally takes less
and less time.
How long does it take for the treatment
to work and how many treatments will I need?
A: Usually you will
feel the results during or within several
hours after the first or second treatment.
A single five to fifteen minutes treatment
is often followed by hours or even days
of relief. Occasionally the relief from
a single treatment is permanent. BE PATIENT
- Sometimes three or four treatments are
necessary before dramatic changes begin
to take place. Occasionally it may even
take 12-15 treatments. It is recommended that
you complete your entire series of treatments
in order to be assured of the optimal results.
The average patient usually requires a series
of six to ten treatments over a two to three
week period to obtain long lasting results.
If I have tried many other forms of therapy
with little lasting relief, can Electro-Acuscope
therapy still help me?
A: Possibly. The Acuscope
delivers a different type of treatment than
any other form of pain management by "normalizing" tissue. It is
very often effective where nothing else
has been able to help in the past.
My pain seems to be stress related. Can
Electro-Acuscope therapy still help me?
A: Yes. The therapy
is also used for stress management. It can
relax the muscles, the nerves, and improve
circulation. If you are under excessive
stress or your pain is stress related, your
doctor or therapist may apply the Relaxation
Mode in addition to treating directly on
the site of pain.
Does this program work for everyone?
A: No, however most
doctors and therapists experienced in its
use report that it helps a very high percentage
of their patients.
Is there anyone who should not be treated?
A: Under FDA regulations
there are two contra-indications for use
of electrical stimulation. Patients wearing
demand type pacemakers should not be treated…Pregnant
patients should not be treated.
Is the treatment very expensive?
A: No. Compared to
the cost of other pain management programs
such as drugs taken over a long period of
time and/or surgery, it is quite reasonable.
In our office, the charge is $65 for a 20-30
Will my insurance cover these treatments?
A: This varies with
the type of policy you have. Most private
insurance companies cover electrical stimulation.
Check with your agent. Ask specifically
about the payment policy regarding treatment
under the general category of TENS or Electrical
Stimulation. The staff in your doctor’s
office may be able to advise you regarding