Since we’re having more holidays than workdays in South Africa right now, here are a couple of news updates on microcurrent therapy that deal with the lighter side of life – video games and dancing. However, you don’t have to be an Einstein to realise that technology that helps you react faster to video game situation will also help you do better in situations requiring attention span and good eye-hand co-ordination (like playing sports, for example). Or that something that helps you with dancing will also help with general motor co-ordination (like after a stroke, for example). So, while these stories may sound frivolous on the face of it, there’s a reason why I’m sending these to you. I’ll briefly summarise the research and then give you one or more links to each story as it is reported in the popular press. Have a blast reading them!
As a general observation, I have found that the Elexoma Medic programme 1 (CES) delivered either via the ears or via the pregelled pads behind the ears gives much the same effects as tDCS. What is useful to note is that you can safely use the maximum intensity of 550 microAmp for extended periods of time.
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(Doc) Frank Muller
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Video Games & Microcurrent
A study conducted at the University of New Mexico (reported in Nature News) showed that a cranial electrical stimulus of 2 mAmp (= 2,000 microAmp) led to a DOUBLING in their video gaming skills compared to volunteers receiving only 100 microAmp.
To achieve similar effects with your Elexoma, switch to programme 6 of your Elexoma and use the body (MET) treatment leads with the pregelled electrodes. Place the RED electrode (positive or anode) over your RIGHT ear and the BLACK electrode (negative or cathode) over your LEFT eyebrow. You can safely go as high as 1,500 microAmp, which is the maximum for programme 6. Treat yourself for 20-30 minutes. Flickering behind the eyes is normal and safe.
A popular article, written by a real amateur, can be read here. The article in Nature.com that also shows electrode placements is here. By the way, the above article also shows electrode placement for improving working memory.
To achieve the same with your Elexoma, switch to programme 6 and use the body (MET) treatment leads with the pregelled electrodes. Place the RED electrode (positive or anode) in front of your LEFT ear and the BLACK electrode (negative or cathode) over your RIGHT eyebrow. You can safely go as high as 1,500 microAmp, which is the maximum for programme 6. Treat yourself for 20-30 minutes. Flickering behind the eyes is normal and safe.
Microcurrent & Dancing
A small study undertaken at Oxford University and published in Current Biology showed that a decrease in the levels of a brain hormone called GABA correlated well with the learning of new movements. Microcurrent therapy was used to reduce the GABA levels rapidly (within 10 minutes). The media took these findings one step further and speculated how microcurrent therapy could help you learn new dance moves (yeah, right). But in a more serious light, this has implications for patients being rehabilitated after stroke or serious accidents. Enhanced mobility is a key feature in the therapy of such patients. Here and here are some popular web references to the study.
Well, that’s it for now! Have some fun with your Elexoma