The Science

Electro-Stimulation


Understanding the body's use of electricity
The human body is truly an electrical marvel. Minute electrical currents and charges are found in all tissue at the cellular level, as well as throughout the brain and nervous system.

The most basic bio-chemical functions that occur in cells are directed, in part by their electrical or ionic "charge" they are positively or negatively charged, which dictates how they behave in the body and what processes they may accomplish. In relatively recent history, this knowledge has allowed researchers and clinicians to learn more ways to apply electrical stimulation to the body to regulate modulate or modify functions, and to enhance or stop other functions. These include heart, muscle movement, soft tissue healing, bone growth healing, brain, and "pain". This understanding of the body's use of electricity, electrical signals, and pathways has allowed science to show us many ways to achieve desired results when trying to aid and heal debilitating human physical conditions.

Electro-stimulation developments have led to multi-billion dollar markets During the 1940's and 50's research began to show the way in which electricity affects the heart and its rhythms. By the 1960's, physicians were beginning to routinely use special forms of electrical stimulation, internally and externally, to regulate heartbeats in patients whose own electrical signals were failing or compromised, and to "restart" the hearts of patients that may have stopped beating entirely. Since that time a huge multi-billion dollar market in cardiac technology has arisen from the advancement of these treatments.

Another billion-dollar market began to develop during the 1960's and 70's utilizing internal and external electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves for neuropathy and pain control. Neurosurgeons and Orthopedists realized that nerves in the body were a "two way street". The same nerves that could carry an electrical signal FROM the brain to a muscle that would tell it to contract could often "feedback" a return signal TO the brain that might say, "it hurts".

Both acute and chronic pain signals can often be blocked or scrambled from reaching the brain by the use of electrical stimulation in a "field" around or across the nerve, or by sometimes applying a minute current directly to the surface of the nerve. These discoveries led to yet newer devices; i.e. transcutaneous (across the skin surface) nerve stimulators commonly referred to as TENS devices. The non-invasive nature and simplicity of use of TENS devices led to rapid and widespread usage for pain control.

Approximately 20 years ago, several other areas for application of electrical stimulation were explored and have developed into accepted and widespread modalities. EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) is a method of applying electrical current to the skin that lies above a particular muscle group. This current is comfortable to the patient, yet can cause the muscle to contract over and over again in an exercising regimen designed by the frequency and intensity settings of the stimulator. Thus a patient with a cast on their leg for a 10 week period can keep the muscles "toned" through "electrically stimulated" exercise and require far less rehabilitation for disuse atrophy when the cast is removed. This modality has been approved for consumer use without a prescription, and we now see "infomercials" on television that sell similar devices as an aid for facial and general body muscle toning.

Orthopedic physicians have been using another form of electrical stimulation to enhance bone growth in certain symptomatic patients and others whose fractures otherwise fail to heal at all over time. This has become a routine and accepted part of orthopedic practice, and several large companies such as Orthologic and Biomet are prime marketers of electronic bone growth stimulators. Decubitus ulcer (bedsores) healing can now most effectively be accomplished by another form of electro-stimulation called PGS (pulsed galvanic stimulation). PGS's unique electrical parameters can offer partial analgesia as well as vaso dilation (enlargement of blood vessels) that allows more oxygen rich blood to be circulated to a wound to dramatically speed the healing process.

You may be aware that scientific and medical literatures, as well as television and print media, are regularly reporting on new data regarding the growing uses of electrical stimulation in the human body. For example, two new areas of research for electro-stimulation are treatments to alleviate epileptic seizures utilizing strategically placed electrodes in the brain and vagus nerve stimulation to reduce depression. Such new and surprising applications indicate the myriad possibilities of electro-stimulation yet to be discovered. Some indications will be more obvious than others. In some instances, the mechanism, or theory as to how it works will be clear and well understood. In other cases, clinicians will not be able to define exactly why a desired effect is realized when the documentation of results proves irrefutable viability.

Electro-stimulation technologies are now accepted modalities of treatment
Over 50 years of research has shown approved electro-stimulation modalities to be safe, without toxic side effects. Most of this technology was met with considerable skepticism when first reported on and introduced. Now that these technologies have been proven through documented studies, they are accepted modalities of treatment that are vital and mainstream to the clinical practice of the physician. In the healthcare industry, billions are spent each year in the area of electrical stimulation.

The ongoing studies by Current Technology and associated researchers are showing us that a proven new form of electrical stimulation is soon to become another simple, effective, and popular technology of great benefit when put into widespread use.

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Hair Chair's technology is supplied by Current Technology Corporation Vancouver, British Columbia based .Current Technology Corporation was founded in 1987. The story begins in the mid-1980s when co-founder, Anne Kramer was searching for a remedy to relieve severe migraine headaches. Her search led to a health practitioner who advised low-amperage electrical fields as a modality of treatment. However, he warned her that a possible side effect might be increased hair growth under the recommended regimen. Rather than consider increased hair growth a negative side effect, Mrs. Kramer perceived it as a potentially very positive one. Shortly thereafter, Robert Kramer, Mrs. Kramer's husband joined with his wife to found Current Technology. They have been managing the enterprise ever since. Current Technology Corporation holds 4 patents throughout the world, and has spent over $15 million in research and development of its TrichoGenesis platform and systems. The patents encompass the technology, methodology and design. http://www.current-technology.com/

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