YOUR FIRST ELECTRO-ACUSCOPE TREATMENT
After you have just received the first of
a series of ELECTRO-ACUSCOPE treatments,
you may have additional questions regarding
the instrument, the treatment procedure,
and what results to expect.
section is intended to provide a more detailed
explanation of this unique TENS instrument
and to offer you additional understanding
of the type of therapy you are receiving.
is an in-depth explanation of how the Electro-Acuscope
human body is made up of a vast number of
cells. In many ways, the cells of the human
body act like tiny batteries, storing and
releasing energy. Each cell has a measurable
electrical charge and therefore, there is
a constant energy flow maintained between
cells throughout the electrical circuits
of the body.
damage or trauma occurs, there is a disruption
in the production of electricity and a measurable
decrease in the flow of energy through the
tissues involved. This condition is generally
accompanied by sensation of pain in the
area, and usually results in the body’s
inability to readily repair itself.
treatment, the ELECTRO-ACUSCOPE introduces
mild electrical currents into the cells
of your body in order to return the tissue
to a normal level of electrical activity.
This process may be likened to a "jump
start" or "putting a charge"
on the battery of a car. In this way, the
instrument assists the body in accelerating
the natural self-healing processes.
addition to providing the body with beneficial
electrical currents, the treatment causes
the body to produce its own natural pain
reducing chemicals called "endorphins."
The immediate pain relieving results of
an ACUSCOPE treatment may therefore be considered
an electro-chemical response occurring in
the involved area at a cellular level.
the most advanced electronic technology,
the ELECTRO-ACUSCOPE is capable of detecting
subtle electrical blockages and imbalances
in the painful areas of the body. This may
be heard as a low pitched tone from the
instrument’s biofeedback sound mechanisms,
and seen as numbers reading low on the lighted
digital display which ranges from 1 to 100.
the tissues of the painful area being treated
have returned to a highly conductive electrical
state, the instrument gives a clear, high-pitched
tone and the lighted numbers on the instrument
face give a readout consistently over 100.
Most patients find it interesting to see
and hear this process occur as they are
being treated and relief from pain generally
occurs at this time or soon after.
amount of electricity produced by the ACUSCOPE
is measured in microamps (Millionths of
an amp), an extremely tiny amount of current
in comparison to the amount of electricity
flowing from a wall socket. It has been
scientifically proven that this level of
current produces the most beneficial effect
on the body’s cells. An ACUSCOPE treatment
introduces a gentle battery generated electrical
stimulation in patterns similar to and compatible
with that which is constantly flowing through
every living person and animal.
definition, the cumulative effect means
that each treatment of a given area will
take a shorter amount of time ant the pain
relief which follow will last longer and
longer. Unlike other forms of pain relief,
such as therapy with certain drugs, the
body does not build up a tolerance to ACUSCOPE
treatments. In fact just the opposite effect
occurs. Mild current electrical stimulation
has been proven (Cheng, 1972) to stimulate
the cells to treat the shoulders, neck and
back than simply to treat painful wrist,
foot, or ankle.
the effects are cumulative, each additional
ACUSCOPE treatment generally takes less
and less time. In other words, the relief
will last longer and longer with each additional
treatment. The goal, of course, is permanent
relief. After the initial series of treatments,
many people have permanent pain relief and
never need another ELECTRO-ACUSCOPE treatment
for the same condition. For some, the relief
is more temporary and booster treatments
may be needed as often as weekly, or as
seldom as one a year. Your physician or
therapist will prescribe a maintenance program
tailored to your specific case in order
to maintain the pain- free state.
treatments are usually painless. Some patients
will feel a tiny pulse, vibrating, or just
a slight stinging like tiny needles lightly
pricking the skin. Have no fear. If there
is any discomfort whatsoever, simply mention
it during treatment and you doctor or therapist
will adjust the setting to your comfort.
It is not best for you to just "grin
and bear it."
treatment, most patients feel nothing except
relief and report only the sensation of
general relaxation, warmth or a comfortable
tingling in the area being treated.
probes or electrodes, generally moistened
with specially formulated wetting solution,
are applied to the surface of the skin.
Some patients with swelling and extreme
sensitivity to touch may experience some
discomfort from the pressure of the probes.
Most patients, however, feel only a gentle
or firm pressure at the points of contact,
or the massaging effect of some of the larger,
rounded brass electrodes.
pads may be taped in place to provide extended
stimulation to a specific area in need of
prolonged treatment. Your hands, feet or
other surfaces may be places in contact
with the large plates; or you may be treated
with a headband or ear clip set to produce
overall body relief or relaxation.
are no true side effects; that is, there
are no long-term side effects. Some temporary
discomfort may be experienced after the
treatment. The possibilities include headache,
nausea, and increase pain.
these side effects are rare and usually
occur, if at all, following the first one
to three treatments only.
NEWS!! Any change, including temporary increased
discomfort, is a good sign. It shows change
(and you must admit, you could use a change)
is going on in your body. Almost everyone
who feels some increases in pain immediately
or soon after the first treatment has a
very good long-term pain relief response.
are various theories as to why an initial
increase in discomfort within 24 hours following
the treatment may be experienced.
explanation is that the increased range
of motion (sometimes barely noticeable)
which often results from an ACUSCOPE treatment
will allow you to use muscles, which have
been unused for some time. The pain, which
can result, is similar to the effect of
over-exercising normal muscles and feeling
what you may feel is the return of your
pain with an additional, temporary muscle
theories have been postulated as to why
it may hurt more initially. If this happens
to you, and you are curious, do not be concerned.
Ask your doctor or therapist for his/her
opinion as to why this has occurred. And
remember the effect is temporary. Relief
should I do if the pain increases after
you have the experience of "hurting
worse" than before the treatment, be
tolerant and patient. Pay attention to how
long this effect lasts and report it to
change, however temporary, is a good sign.
After a few treatments this therapy reaction
will not occur again.
should I do to help get the best result?
not overuse the area immediately after treatment;
allow for the treatment to "absorb"
and take effect. In other words, if your
damaged knee has just been treated and it
feels great, don’t go right out jogging.
sure to follow whatever program of rest
or exercise your doctor or therapist recommends.