Microcurrent for chronic wounds
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Microcurrent in therapy in patients with chronic wounds
Chronic wounds are an ever-increasing problem for millions of patients, including in Germany. The treatment costs of an ulcer cruris patient are approximately 9,570 eurosper year. If one imagines thatmore than 1-2 million people in Germany suffer from chronic wounds, it is obvious what cost pressure arises on the one hand and what possibilities the right medical and therapeutic diseases arise. resources. The BVMED (2015) showed in an infographic that the use of hydroactive wound dressings could improve the chance of healing by up to 52. (BVMED 2015)
What can microcurrent do here compared to classical electrotherapy?
Microcurrent is at least a thousand times lower in intensity than, for example, a TENS or irritant current devices compared to classical electrotherapy. The mode of action of both systems cannot be compared to that either, since the focus of classical electrotherapy is on a damping or influence of the Pain-Gate-Controll. In addition, electrotherapeutic methods are used to instimore nerve stimulation.
The unbeatable advantage of microcurrent
Microcurrent therapy cannot affect the Pain Gate Controll system or perform nerve stimulation. The background and use of microcurrents is, among other things, the reduction of inflammation and the stimulation of the body’s own healingprocesses. (McMakin et al. 2005) The literature also describes the stimulation of ATPproduction, improvement of membrane transport and an increase in protein synthesis. (CHENG et al. 1982)
Microcurrent in wound treatment – numbers, data, facts
In the United States, microcurrent therapy has been used since 2002 in the treatment of chronic wounds, diabetic wounds, congestive dermatitis and arterial ulcers. The FDA (American Food and Drug Administrations) has released the insert through a pre-market study. (Yu et al. 2014)
The three phases of healing are inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. They determine the physiological wound healing. The normal healing process in chronic wounds is interrupted by a prolonged inflammatory phase. Both animal studies and human studies suggest that microcurrent may help shorten the duration of the inflammatory phase and thereby increase the rate of cure by reducing edema or reducing pathogens in the wound area and reducing their motility. (Yu et al. 2014, S. 3)
Whitcomb et al. (2012) found in a study with a total of 38 patients a 45.4% faster wound healing in chronic wounds. Patients were divided into two groups, of which the so-called MCD group received microcurrent therapy. In this case microcurrents were applied at a level of 50 to 300 microamps. The study showed the consistently positive use of microcurrents in chronic wounds and also the antimicrobial effect of the microcurrents. (Whitcomb et al. 2012, S. 39)
Mercola & Kirsch (1995) describe the effects of microcurrent therapy on chronic wounds as “[…] simple, safe and efficient and can have a tremendous impact on improving wound healing.” (Mercola and Kirsch 1995, p. 5)
As early as 1974, Mercola & Kirsch (1995) investigated a group of patients with ischemic ulcers and treated them with microcurrent. The patients treated with microcurrent showed a fourfold acceleration of the healing response compared to the control group. (Mercola und Kirsch 1995, S. 6)
Microcurrent in the treatment of chronic wounds in Germany
In the Hessenschau of the Hessian broadcasting in the year 2011 over the physician for Internistik and Diabetologie, Dr. med. med. Niemetz from Kassel, broadcast a report in which a patient with chronic wounds reported on his experience in microcurrent therapy. Here, the effect of microcurrent therapy was in accelerating healing for the patient.”When using this device were no pain, it has only felt tingling, it was bearable. How that happened is madness. Since you could look at.” (Patient, 2011, Min. 1:50) (Hessenschau 2011) LINK ZUM VIDEO
Practical procedure with microcurrent
Thefirst choice here is certainly working with adhesive electrodes. The user should take urgent care that virtually all adhesive electrodes for micro current therapy are not sterile! Thus, the electrodes must be applied at a suitable distance from the wounds. Also, these electrodes should only be used once, even on the same patient.
To treat local areas, place the electrodes around the chronic wound and provide additional lymph channels to stimulate the lymph. The classic, cross-plant ‘, so put the chronic wound in a thought crosshairs with the electrodes, here is certainly the first choice. The lymph nodes should / may include the renal meridian.
Also, a systemic system, perhaps in combination with a local system is recommended. Often patients with chronic wounds are both vegetative and burdened with acidic equivalents and waste products.
An “insider tip” !: For every microcurrent device that is equipped with the LED light therapy, the wounds should always be irradiated with green and / or blue light. Both wavelengths show a marked reduction of the pro-inflammatory cytokines and can accelerate the healing process.
Treatment Reference Microcurrent & LED Light
This actual treatment example is a patient whose chronic wound was caused by a diabetes mellitus disease. This patient was treated with the Vital-Master microcurrent device.
Treatment Reference Microcurrent & LED Light 2
This patient report is a patient who was still suffering from polyneuropathy and a chronic open wound for diabetes. This patient was treated with the Luxxamed HD1000 and the Clinic-Master professional.
From the previous execution of the studies and scientific publications (this has been shown only in part) it can be seen that the micro current therapy represents an actual alternative to the conservative and established forms of therapy for wound healing. The study results and statements of the authors show impressively that the micro current therapy can make a real difference here.
BVMED (2015): Moderne Wundversorgung in Deutschland. Online verfügbar unter http://www.info-wundversorgung.de/download/bvmed-daten-und-fakten-moderne-wundversorgung.pdf?pk_campaign=tsr_CHK&pk_kwd=chronische-wunden_tsr-freierteaser_re_bvmed-daten-und-fakten-moderne-wundversorgung.pdf, zuletzt geprüft am 20.06.2019.
CHENG, NGOK; van HOOF, HARRY; BOCKX, EMMANUEL; HOOGMARTENS, MICHEL J.; MULIER, JOSEPH C.; DIJCKER, FRANS J. de et al. (1982): The Effects of Electric Currents on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis, and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin. In: Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research &NA; (171), 264-272. DOI: 10.1097/00003086-198211000-00045.
Hessenschau (2011): Hessenschau – Wundbehandlung mittels Mikrostrom. Weitere Beteiligte: Hessischer Rundfunk. Online verfügbar unter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhPh_3xBiFE, zuletzt geprüft am 13.06.2019.
McMakin, Carolyn. R.; Gregory, Walter. M.; Phillips, Terry M. (2005): Cytokine changes with microcurrent treatment of fibromyalgia associated with cervical spine trauma. In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 9 (3), S. 169–176. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2004.12.003.
Mercola, Joseph M.; Kirsch, Danil L. (1995): The Basis for Microcurrent Electrical Therapy in Conventional Medical Practice. In: Journal of Advancement in Medicine 8 (2).
Whitcomb, Emily; Monroe, Nina; Hope-Higman, Jennifer; Campbell, Penny (2012): Demonstration of a microcurrent-generating wound care device for wound healing within a rehabilitation center patient population. In: The journal of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists 4 (2), S. 32–39. DOI: 10.1016/j.jccw.2013.07.001.
Yu, Chao; Hu, Zong-Qian; Peng, Rui-Yun (2014): Effects and mechanisms of a microcurrent dressing on skin wound healing: a review. In: Military Medical Research 1, p. 24. DOI: 10.1186/2054-9369-1-24.