Acuscope-Myopulse: Microcurrent Therapy for Pain Relief and Accelerated Healing
What is Acuscope-Myopulse?
Acuscope-myopulse therapy is a highly sophisticated type of noninvasive microcurrent therapy. The device sends low voltage micro-current through injured tissue to facilitate the healing process and alleviate pain.
Introduced in 1978, the acuscope-myopulse is commonly used for neuro-musculoskeletal issues. Use of electrical stimulation (ES) or microcurrent therapy to treat acute physical discomfort may reduce the need for pain relieving drugs that incur negative side effects. Studies have demonstrated that electricity interferes with the nerve’s pain signals. Private practice doctors, hospitals, chiropractors, physical therapists, veterinarians, and even spas will employ microcurrent or other ES type therapies.
The inventor of the acuscope-myopulse, Dr. Nebrensky, is a respected physicist who designed and helped create the familiar, trusted medical tools we know today such as the EEG, EKG, and EMG. He also developed missile guidance technology for the U.S. military.
Currently, the acuscope-myopulse machine does not have enough clinical studies to garner the serious attention of the mainstream medical establishment. The acuscope-myopulse is, however, registered by the FDA as a class II device. Operators of microcurrent machines cannot legally market their use for diagnostic or medical purposes. Oftentimes, the terminology used to explain and describe microcurrent therapy is inconsistent. A discerning, unbiased assessment is essential for the medical professional and for those desiring to benefit from microcurrent therapy.
This article intends to objectively explore the realities of the acuscope-myopulse and the potential benefit on human subjects.
Pain Relief and Faster Healing of Injuries with ES Therapies
Mircocurrent therapy is an offshoot of the widely known Electrical Stimulation (ES) therapy. The significant difference between the acuscope-myopulse and the standard ES treatment modality is the acuscope’s ability to actively discern the level of distress in tissues, such as inflammation or tears, and respond by sending the appropriate amount of microcurrent into the area. In other ES therapies (like TENS), the machines are strictly output devices and do not gauge the tissue’s level of injury.
Acuscope = The part of the machine that measures the resistance from point to point on soft tissues, determining the area’s conductivity.
Myopulse = After the Acuscope’s assessment, the Myopulse aspect of the machine gently “pulses” the tissue with the appropriate amount of microcurrent.
The device itself does not heal the body. Instead, it provides painless energetic stimulation that encourages, and apparently accelerates, the body’s own natural healing processes. The skin is never punctured and no drugs are utilized during a therapy session.
An Individual Receiving Acuscope-Myopulse Therapy for Pain & Cramped Muscles
The acuscope-myopulse machine operates with a sensitive feedback system. It reads nerve conductivity or an area of tissue by sending a painless, extremely low current electrical impulse between two surface electrodes held by the machine’s operator (the electrodes can also be taped to the skin). The electrodes are typically rounded metal brass surfaces, rollers, or plates. A conductive gel made from natural substances is used where the electrodes contact the skin. There’s real science behind this aspect of the human body. Healthy tissue will have a different electrical resistance than inflamed or damaged tissue. (Journal of health science 2(11):353-362, Electrical Resistance as A Measure of Soft Tissue Injury from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
The machine’s computer interprets the return signals and adjusts the microcurrent output accordingly. The electrodes are often placed on nerve pathways or on the same points an acupuncturist uses, or directly over the area of concern. The machine’s operator has to clean and polish the electrodes after each therapy session.
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The Electrodes Harmlessly Contact the Skin's Surface
Have Reliable Clinical Studies Been Conducted?
Chronic, non-healing wounds have been the subject of study with and without ES therapy (an earlier review by Kloth). Microcurrent applied directly to wounds showed consistently positive results with faster healing than without electrical stimulation. (Study: Electrical stimulation to accelerate wound healing)
The positive electrode is placed closest to or on the wound site. The negative electrode is placed at the wound’s perimeter. This configuration demonstrated the most rapid wound healing during studies.
What does acuscope-myopulse therapy feel like?
Commonly, nothing is felt, but on rare occasion a tingling sensation can be discerned. Depending on the machine’s setting and the person’s condition, a mild electrical prickling may be felt, but a lowered setting will remedy this. People report feeling very relaxed after a session and some may fall asleep during treatment. A reduction in pain levels may be noticeable immediately or shortly thereafter. Those receiving acuscope-myopulse therapy also report noticeably higher than normal energy levels a short period after a session or the day after.
There are Important Precautions!
ES therapies cannot be used on wounds that were treated with iodine. The negatively charged iodine molecules might be forced into the cells, interacting with them as toxins. ES operators and those using these machines at home must avoid applying ES on wounds treated with topical first aid products such as iodine, colloidal silver, and similar. Also, ES is not used on people with pacemakers or who are pregnant. It is also not recommended to receive acuscope-myopulse treatment on the same day of a surgical procedure due to the effects on blood viscosity. (The day before surgery is fine)
The machine’s ability to measure electrical signals through bodily tissue and respond accordingly is frequently referred to by operators as “biofeedback,” and this can be a source of confusion for professional medical practitioners or even the therapy recipients themselves. The acuscope-myopulse units are not true biofeedback devices. In the medical arena, biofeedback is a process that uses the patient’s influence to control things like muscle tension or other bodily functions.
An MD Discusses His Experience With Acuscope-Myopulse
Various Types of ES Machines
The acuscope-myopulse is different than other types of electrical stimulation (ES) therapies. The most commonly known and used ES machines are types that blindly apply electrical impulses to remedy muscle spasms or manage pain. These are often utilized in physical therapy and to keep muscles from atrophying in people with limited mobility.
The oft-confusing array of terms found in the field of ES includes:
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) = This machine is a small device that a person can use at home to alleviate pain. The device itself does not heal or solve the source of pain. This machine uses alternating current and isn’t as precise as an acuscope-myopulse as it does not gauge the tissue’s electrical resistance.
LIdC = Low intensity direct current. (not commercially available)
MC = Microcurrent. Low voltage, low amperage current applied to the body’s surfaces. Many spas use MC therapy to rejuvenate skin and as facial wrinkle treatments.
MPC = Monophasic Pulsed Current. High voltage commercial units using single phase pulse.
BiPC = biphasic pulsed current. Many commercial TENS units use biphasic waves. Unlike monophasic pulsed current, the electrodes change polarity with BiPC.
PEMFs = Pulsed electromagnetic fields. Usually used in orthopedic medicine to treat certain types of fractures and heal bone. This type of therapy was also approved by the FDA as an alternative to antidepressants and for this use is known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Pulsed current = A type of ES using waveforms with current pulses in the micro or millisecond time frame and having a flow of electricity that is either one way or bidirectional. Often, current flows in both directions during a “pulse.”
IFC (Interferential current) = This is a type of TENS used in physical therapy and by chiropractors to reduce tissue inflammation and help with back problems. Uses alternating current.
GS (Galvanic stimulation) = A therapy that uses direct current to cause active muscle contraction. A positive and a negative pad are placed on the skin and a current is induced, stimulating muscle tissue. The electricity can’t be felt and does not harm the subject. GS is commonly used with sports injuries.
The use of electricity as a therapy goes back thousands of years. Live electric eels and rays were used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks as pain treatment therapy. Tubs of slithering eels awaited the brave patient who needed relief for gout and other painful maladies.
Be a Discerning Seeker of Acuscope-Myopulse Therapy
Watch for quacks with these devices. They will make medical claims that haven’t been proven and will fleece the unsuspecting with exorbitant fees. Be leery if someone makes claims to be able to detect or cure any type of disease with these machines. The greedy will tarnish the playing field, but interested individuals shouldn’t be deterred from consulting honest providers of microcurrent therapy. These machines do have remarkable potential in the matter of wound healing, nervous issues, neuromuscular concerns, and perhaps more.
Acuscope-myopulse is often used for issues such as:
Back pain, sprains, headaches and migraines, whiplash injuries, arthritis, before and after surgery to facilitate healing, lymphatic drainage, skin ulcers, fractures, scar tissue, muscle spasms, tendonitis, to name a few.
The Acuscope-Myopulse is One of the Most Sophisticated ES Instruments
My Experience With This Therapy as a Cancer Patient
Like many cancer patients, I sought out any possible therapies that would potentially boost the healing process without deleteriously interacting with prescribed cancer medications. Facing death instills a certain type of desperate urgency for, yet an extreme wariness of, unconventional remedies. I was being treated for stage IIIC breast cancer, and had chemotherapy and radiation before surgery. After four months of strong chemo, the palpable tumor and cancerous nodes were dramatically reduced, but so was my immune system. I ended up in the hospital with an ugly MRSA infection. After many days of antibiotics and a blood transfusion, I was released. It was then I had an opportunity to try the acuscope-myopulse on this slow healing, rather painful abscess.
The results were noticeable. The pain relief was immediate and the wound, about a third of an inch long, had closed the next day. Because the abscess was still draining, the wound reopened and I left it alone, having the strong impression it should not be forced to close before its time. Recovery went well from that point on and the wound soon healed on its own. It was declared bacteria free after a lab test instigated by my surgeon.
Unsure what the acuscope-myopulse’s effects were on tissues during radiotherapy, I did not seek this treatment modality again until completing radiation.The skin damage near the end of a five week course of large area radiation treatments had resembled seeping rug burns, and had hurt just as much. Shortly after radiation, I had a few sessions with the acuscope-myopulse. The therapy eased the pain and seemed to hasten skin healing from the radiation’s damaging effects, enough that my surgeon’s nurse was puzzled by how “good” the skin looked in so short of time.
Then, before undergoing a complete unilateral mastectomy with lymph dissection (right side) and no reconstruction, I had two “energizing” treatments with the acuscope-myopulse in hopes that my besieged body would cope well with the surgery. The surgeon reported that the procedure went better than expected and I was sent home on the same day.
Because I was ignorant, having no experience with major surgery, I didn’t know it was unusual to not need any painkillers, not even aspirin, at any time during recovery. It was not an attempt to tough it out. I simply didn’t feel the level of pain that would send me grappling for the prescription pills the doctor had sent me home with. Also, the surgical area was free of bruising and looked extremely healthy and clean. This was puzzling because I had needed painkillers after having my port installed in 2015. That had been a quick outpatient procedure with a few stitches in the skin and nothing like a complete mastectomy. I pondered over what had changed. The only difference was that I didn’t have any acuscope-myopulse treatments before or after port surgery.
Being a critical, analytical type not swayed by unproven claims or “woo,” I prefer to learn and experience something that’s new to me before extolling its virtues. I love science and stand by it. So many alternative remedies and treatments I’d tried previously had failed. However, the acuscope-myopulse had me absolutely intrigued and I continued a series of treatments after the mastectomy. There’s enough real science behind this therapy that I didn’t feel as if I was being duped or experiencing an uncanny placebo effect.
Once again the surgeon’s nurse was delighted, and a bit surprised, by how quickly the mastectomy area was healing. The skin was starting to grow over the metal stitches and so they came out early (in nine days), along with the surgical drain. There was no swelling or pain (unless I pushed on the incision site or stretched that area of the body too far). In only seven days after the surgery, I was out nature walking and ready to return to work. My boss, not having seen me, didn’t believe I was ready to get back to the office and insisted I obtain the doctor’s approval. Three weeks later, I went on an overnight kayaking trip and got back into a healthy exercise program.
I’m not a superwoman by any stretch, nor am I a trained athlete. Before I was diagnosed, I was suffering from nutritional deficiencies and a lack of energy. Prior to discovering the acuscope-myopulse during my cancer treatment, I was suffering a range of complications and illnesses; unfortunately the norm when enduring treatments for this type of cancer. With the microcurrent therapy, I noticed an obvious and immediate difference. My energy levels rose to such a degree that I became restless and had to exercise, which in turn made me feel better. Healing was so rapid that both my oncologist and surgeon expressed surprise.
Having experienced this for myself, and prospering from the remarkable results, I hope to share this information with others who might benefit. The acuscope-myopulse isn’t a magic cure-all, but I believe it was an invaluable tool that directly facilitated my unusually rapid recovery and healing times. The harsh but necessary conventional treatments for a highly aggressive, fast growing, and invasive form of breast cancer did the job extremely well while the acuscope-myopulse accelerated recovery, allowing me to be a happy, functional, and productive person in record time.
If this device can aid the recovery of cancer patients, or anyone in distress, its benefits must be explored and brought to the attention of the mainstream establishment.
Cancer Patient Experiences Accelerated Healing With Acuscope-Myopulse
Can I Obtain An Acuscope-Myopulse for My Clinic or Spa?
Absolutely. I've even seen individuals using these machines at home, but they need to be trained. Should I decide to invest in a portable version of the acuscope-myopulse, the wellness spa where I received my treatments offers them for sale. Training and certification in the equipment's safe and proper use is also part of the process.