Microcurrent therapy was originally developed for treating facial palsy, yet is now also used widely in physiotherapy, for pain control and in hospitals for aiding wound healing.
In beauty and aesthetic treatments, microcurrent stimulation has been shown to have a great number of cosmetic benefits:
In aesthetics, Microcurrent is commonly described as “facial toning or non surgical face lifting” due to the dramatic lifting effect that microcurrent has on facial muscles and facial contour definition.
True microcurrent uses a current with an intensity of less than one millionth of an amp (< 1mA) and because of it’s low intensity, it does not cause a physical or visual contraction of the muscle.
Instead, microcurrent stimulation works through a process of muscle re-education.
Combining ultra low frequencies with a modified waveform enables the microcurrent to recharge the electrical potential of the muscle by stimulating the spindle cell fibers that run the length of the muscle and attach to the golgi tendon organ in the belly of the muscle. This golgi tendon organ (GTO) simulation technique was developed by Dr George Goodheart in the late 60’s.
During treatment all 32 facial muscles are physically manipulated using soft cotton tipped wands (probes) or other attachments that transmit the microcurrent impulses.
Working a muscle from the origin and insertion point inward will have a shortening effect that is necessary for the majority of the muscles that have become elongated over time due to age and gravity.Smoothing
Working a muscle from belly outward will have a lengthening/relaxing effect that is necessary on muscles that have become contracted over years of facial expression (eg frown lines ).
Although a sizeable difference is seen after the first treatment, the benefits of microcurrent are cumulative and typically a course of 10 treatments will be required for optimum results. Then followed by a continued monthly programme.