Bioelectric therapy is a safe, drug-free treatment option for people in pain. It is used to treat some chronic pain and acute pain conditions. It relieves pain by blocking pain messages to the brain. When you are injured, pain receptors send a message to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The message is registered as pain by certain cells in the body. Using bioelectric currents, bioelectric therapy relieves pain by interrupting pain signals before they reach the brain. Bioelectric therapy also prompts the body to produce endorphins which help to relieve pain.
What Conditions Are Treated With Bioelectric Therapy?
Bioelectric therapy can be used to treat chronic and acute pain conditions including:
- Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Disorders of blood flow in the upper and lower limbs
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome (which affects the jaw)
- Disorders of the nervous system, such as diabetic neuropathy
- Pain and ulcers of the skin resulting from poor circulation or scleroderma (a chronic condition that can cause thickening or hardening of the skin)
Bioelectric therapy isn’t right for everyone. It is not recommended for people who:
- Have a pacemaker
- Are pregnant
- Have thrombosis (blood clots in the arms or legs)
- Have a bacterial infection
How Effective Is Bioelectric Therapy?
Bioelectric therapy is effective in providing temporary pain control, but it should only be a part of a total pain management program. When used along with conventional pain-relieving medications, bioelectric treatment may reduce the dose of some pain medications by up to 50%.
What Happens During Bioelectric Therapy?
During bioelectric therapy, several small, flat rubber adhesive discs (called electrodes) are applied to your skin at prescribed areas to be treated. Sometimes rubber suction cups (called vaso pneumatic devices) may be applied to your skin. The electrodes are hooked up to a computer that programs the precise treatment dosage required. High frequency alternating electrical currents are then applied to the electrodes. The currents move through the skin quickly with little discomfort. During treatment, your response to the electrical stimulation is measured.
When electricity is applied, a mild vibrating, tingling sensation is common. This sensation should not be uncomfortable; you should feel a relaxing, soothing pain relief. As the currents are applied, you will provide verbal feedback to the clinician. If the sensation becomes too strong, please tell the clinician right away so the treatment can be adjusted. You should be comfortable and enjoy the treatment, which lasts about 20 minutes.
What are the side effects of bioelectric therapy?
In rare cases, skin irritation and redness can occur under the electrodes during bioelectric therapy.
How often should I have bioelectric therapy?
The number of bioelectric therapy sessions required depends on each person’s condition and response to treatment. One bioelectric therapy session does not usually result in pain relief. A normal course of treatment typically involves 16 to 20 treatments.
How do I prepare for bioelectric therapy?
If you are taking insulin or blood-thinning medicines, your doctor may give you specific instructions to follow before you have bioelectric therapy.
You may be asked to fast before the procedure and you may need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after treatment.
How many times does a person need to undergo the therapy?
The frequency actually depends on the condition of the person who will undergo the bioelectric therapy. A single therapy might not be enough to give the relief needed by the sufferer. Usually, the therapy begins with five sessions every week. Then, it is followed by three sessions weekly. The usual number of times is around sixteen to twenty sessions.
Using Bioelectrical Techniques
How do you best work with this sternum point for bioelectrical balancing? First, locate the center of the sternum on a client and the comparable area on their back. You’ll find this on-the-body assemblage point equidistant between the top and the bottom of the sternum in the center of the chest. I include the xiphoid process in this formula, which puts the center in the middle of the sternum body and below the sternal angle. This is approximately between the second and third sternebrae. The backside of this point is directly opposite in the thoracic vertebrae. Since the body of the sternum is typically found between the fifth and ninth thoracic vertebrae, you’ll typically focus on the seventh thoracic vertebra.
You can also recognize the point when your hands feel a tingle, chill, flash of heat, or density at the right area. In your mind’s eye, you will intuitively perceive a flash of light or brightness. You can also tap on the sternum or the back of your client, or pass your hand a couple of inches above these areas, and ask your client to tell you when they experience a reaction.
When working energetically, intuition is king—and queen. Gently pulse your hand or a finger on or over the point, front and back, following your instincts and your client’s reactions. You can shift the point upward, downward, or to the right or left by shifting your intention, altering your pulse, or moving your hand or finger slightly.
If a certain color pops into your mind, ask your intuition if you should imagine that color streaming into or out of the point. Do the same with sounds, sensations, or even messages. Ask the client if feelings, memories, knowledge, or awareness strikes them when you are working the point. These insights can help them clear blocks and access desirable energies.
Use your intuition and hand movements to pull unnecessary energy out of, and send needed energy into, the point. Ask that this energy transfer to any area of the body, mind, or soul it is needed. And finally, when you have finished working the front and back of your client, ask them to sit. Hold your hands on or over the points and align them by moving your hands.
As you work with this technique, you will become more comfortable with using it as an information source and balancing tool. As George Carlin said, “Electricity is really just organized lightning.” And what is lightning but inspiration?