What is Microcurrent Electrotherapy (MET)?
Microcurrent Electrotherapy (MET) is an enhanced adaptation of a FDA approved therapy used to promote the healing of wounds and transplanted tissues as well as to treat pain. MET applies minute micro-amp electrical stimulation to specific places on the body in order to promote the natural current flow in the tissue and allow cells in the traumatized region to regain their capacitance and healing.
How does MET work?
Our body's own innate electrical activity occurs at this micro-amp range or lower. This is the main reason that utilizing a device that mimics the bodies owns electrical current can be most effectively to correct them. These electrical stimulations typically occur at a sub-sensory level. This is completely opposite of what most people associate electro-therapy with. Those who’ve had electro-stimulation generally have currents at the milliamp level, which is what a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit runs at. The injured area has a higher electrical resistance than the normal tissue, this decreased electrical conductance and decreased cellular capacitance through the injured area lead to impairment of the healing process and inflammation. When MET is applied, resistance is reduced, allowing bioelectricity to flow through and reestablish normal function.
MET has been proven to help with many conditions that have not responded to other forms of therapy, particularly acute and chronic pain such as Sport injury, Fibromyalgia and arthritis.
How safe is MET and does it hurt?
The FDA has approved Microcurrent Electrotherapy for use in various rehabilitative measures. The gentleness is another added benefit for those that are of a more sensitive constitution. However, even though the MET is incredibly gentle to receive, like all forms of therapy there is a possibility of post treatment soreness. This does not happen with all individuals, but it can occur. The soreness or other displeasing sensations after treatment are not necessarily a bad sign, but usually just a side effect of detoxification. Detoxification is your body’s way of excreting the noxious chemicals and by products from your system. This process can sometimes feel uncomfortable, but rest assured, it is only temporary
What conditions can MET benefit?
While MET is mainly known for its ability to reduce pain, administered by a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. MET can be effective as the only treatment used, or as an adjunct to other medical treatment in many medical and surgical disorders including:
- Chronic and Acute Low Back and Neck Pain
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Various forms of tendonitis, e.g. tennis elbow
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Myofascial Pain
- Menstrual & Reproductive Problems
- Constipation and diarrhea, etc.
How long does it take for MET to improve or heal various conditions?
The improvement of a condition depends on its severity. With an acute injury, patients often see results within six to twelve hours. Chronic conditions, which are more severe, take longer to heal.