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Microcurrent therapy is the use of small amounts of electrical current (measured in millionths of an amp) to relieve pain and speed healing in the soft tissues of the body.
Injuries disrupt the body’s normal electrical activity. Microcurrent therapy aims to create electrical signals similar to those that occur when the body is repairing damaged tissues, to promote the healing process. Microcurrent therapy uses amounts of electrical current so small that the patient usually cannot detect it.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of microcurrent therapy to treat problems with:
The FDA has not approved using microcurrent therapy to treat other ailments.
Patients with chronic pain may use special microcurrent therapy devices called TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) units, which overload nerves near the pain source, helping to mask the sensation of pain. TENS stimulation may positively affect cells on the biochemical level as well.
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