Answers to Most Commonly Asked Patient Questions


   What is the Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse system?

   How is probe placement determined?

   How many treatments will I need?

   Please explain why the results from an Acuscope
   treatment are cumulative.

   If I have tried other forms of therapy with little
   or no  relief, can Acuscope/Myopulse treatments

                                                                           Who can give treatments with this equipment?

What is the Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse System?
The Electro-Acuscope, introduced to the public in 1978, is the original (and still the only) electronic medical instrument that delivers treatment to damaged and impaired tissue in feedback-modulated micro-current transcutaneous nerve stimulation

Unlike most electrical stimulators called TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), that blindly blast milli-amperage current to block pain signals from reaching the brain, the Acuscope delivers miniscule doses of micro-electricity (the exact level, frequency, intensity, and waveform patterns that healthy living tissue conducts through the nerve network).

The Acuscope is particularly unique in that its output is precisely configured based on the biological feedback being continuously gathered from the tissue during treatment. The I/O (Input/Output) computerized circuitry is calibrated to calculate appropriate corrective waveform patterns by comparing impedance readings to universal norms, in a process similar to the “search and seek” technology of a missile-guidance system.

After each stimulation, the resulting readouts, both digital and auditory, reflect the changes in conductivity over the course of the treatment (unlike all other electrical stimulation devices that provide no feedback to the operator). Simultaneously, the patient frequently experiences a corresponding reduction in pain and increased range of motion.

The cellular effect is to boost the body's self-healing mechanisms by adjusting levels of micro-electrical activity, (“charging-up” the trillions of miniscule biological batteries when depleted; and/or decreasing abnormally over-active signals found where inflammation is no longer beneficial) and restoring normal conductivity throughout the nervous system. Over a series of treatments, the effect is cumulative, until the neurological network can hold a healthy charge.

The Myopulse, companion instrument to the Acuscope, gently stimulates connective tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) delivering electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) in feedback-modulated micro-current sinusoidal (sloping) waveform patterns identical to that produced by contractile tissue. Reducing spasm and inflammation, restoring range of motion, and strengthening tissue damaged by traumatic injury, even in the most acute and chronic cases, the Myopulse produces remarkable results.

Together these two incomparable instruments comprise the most technologically advanced and effective neuro-muscular treatment system available to health care practitioners today. As the only self-regulating electro-therapeutic micro-current devices on the market (feedback signal processing; e.g. the tissue impedance input continuously controls and adjusts the waveform output), this system is used for a wide variety of applications, acceleration of tissue repair, pain and stress management.

How is probe placement determined?

Generally applied to the skin over specially formulated Electrolyte solution, Acuscope placement electrodes are placed either on or around the area of involvement.

Throughout the electrical “wiring” of the body, certain points function as signal boosters or amplifiers similar to any electrical system. Point-specific probes are applied to strategic high-conductive points along the neural pathways (meridians) accessing Acupoints, Auricular (ear) points, Odonton points, Reflex, Trigger and other protocols.

One can “find” these points of higher conductivity relative to the surrounding tissue by utilizing the feedback-only mode prior to initiating stimulation since tissue impedance is indicated by the LED (digital) readout in conjunction with the auditory feedback.
Myopulse probes are most frequently placed directly over a particular muscle or muscle group. Electrodes may be applied at locations of origin and insertion, or on either side of the “belly” of the muscle. Roller electrodes are very effective in applying the current along the entire length of a muscle, tendon, or ligament.

How many treatments will I need?

The pain relief which follows each treatment of given area will last longer and longer and each successive treatment will require a shorter amount of time to be effective. This is commonly referred to as “the cumulative effect”.

The number of treatments required will depend on the severity and extent of the condition as well as the body's ability to heal itself. Age, general state of health, habits such as nutrition, hydration, posture, habitual activities, exercise (or lack of it), and even state of mind may influence the length of time required for complete recovery. Somewhere between five and fifteen treatments is the normal average.

Unlike other forms of pain management, such as therapy with certain drugs or higher amperage electrical stimulators, the body does not build up a tolerance to Acuscope/Myopulse treatments. Both with many pain medications and most hi-amp devices, prolonged use requires higher and higher doses of medications or increased time and amounts of electricity to achieve the desired pain reduction effect. With EA/MYO treatments, sessions of shorter and shorter duration produce more dramatic and longer lasting effects, until treatment is no longer required. Periodic maintenance treatments, however, are highly recommended to maintain a healthy state.

Please explain why the results from an Acuscope treatment are cumulative.
In numerous scientific studies, mild current stimulation, ideally at the level of 500 UA (micro-amps) or less, has been proven to have a profoundly beneficial effect on living tissue, promoting regenerative metabolic activity.

One study in particular is most notable (Ngok Cheng, et al: 1976) and is often quoted throughout the literature on micro-current therapy. This breakthrough study determined that micro-amperage stimulation causes the cells of the body to increase production of the chemical ATP which is responsible for cellular energy production. It was also found to increase protein synthesis, the building blocks of tissue, which allows the cells to begin to repair themselves. This low level of current was discovered to improve certain cellular functions, such as (in technical terms) normalizing cell membrane potential, enhancing protein synthesis, opening the voltage sensitive channels that allow ions (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, etc.) to pump more freely into the cells, and to increase the transport of waste products out of the cells thereby assisting the flushing of toxins out of the tissue. (It is therefore recommended that patients increase their intake of fluids, primarily water, during their course of Acuscope/Myopulse treatments.)

As these chemical reactions accumulate with each successive treatment, the tissue is able to repair itself more completely. The "charge" on the tissue begins to hold and its ability to generate its own normal energy is restored. In most cases of neuro-muscular pathology, a series of treatments have “the cumulative effect” leading to long-lasting or permanent relief.

If I have tried many other forms of therapy with little or no relief, can Acuscope/Myopulse treatments help?

Probably; these instruments deliver a different type of treatment than any other form of pain management. It is very often effective where nothing else has been able to help in the past. Ideally combined with Chiropractic, Massage, Physical Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, appropriate exercise activity, and other healthy lifestyle choices for best possible results.

Who can give treatments with this equipment?

The Acuscope and Myopulse are FDA approved as “Class II” Medical Devices that can be operated by anyone under the supervision of an M.D., Chiropractor, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, or Naturopath.

A doctor may also prescribe the home use of this instrumentation with a prescription for microcurrent Nerve Stimulation. The personal units Acuscope Model 70C (shown here) and the Neuroscope 230 are most popular for patient self-care.