Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Alpha-Stim Microcurrent Therapy

Sixty percent of patients that come to a general practice office complain of some form of bodily pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or (TENS) devices currently in use are employed chiefly in physical medicine/rehabilitation and physical therapy practices for musculoskeletal disorders.

The Alpha-Stim TENS unit, designed by Daniel Kirsch, PhD, in 1981, has been used by Dr. Cooke in her practice since 1999. While there are many microcurrent devices on the market, few have won the hearts and minds of physicians or have conformed to such an extensive body of peer-reviewed research as the Alpha-Stim.  It has proven itself useful in the adjunctive treatment of insomnia, depression, anxiety, and pain disorders.  It is in fact the only TENS device cleared by the FDA for all 4 of these indications. Under the guidance of Daniel Kirsch, PhD, founding president of Electromedical Products, International, the Alpha-Stim has gained a steadily increasing reputation for stellar performance.

We use the body’s electrical microcurrents diagnostically in conventional medicine through the use of devices such as EKG (electrocardiogram), EEG (electroencephalogram), EMG (electromyogram) and others, to read the electrical field activity of the heart, the brain, the muscles, or other. When there is disease, injury or inflammation, there is typically a disturbance of the normal electrical field of the surrounding tissue. The Alpha-stim microcurrent technology acts through helping to restore electrical equilibrium to the tissue, thus speeding the healing response.