Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) is more than just mouthful of words. Also known as “Micro Current Electrical Therapy”, CES is the stimulation of your brain through tiny electrical currents provided by a external micro computer. Whew!
The device, about the size of a larger MP3 player, is applied while you go daily restful activities such as reading, watching television, meditating, or just relaxing. Electrodes are clipped to your earlobes, while the device silently directs current through the midbrain and brain stem structures at about .5 cycles per second encouraging your brain to reach a calmer, more versatile stateThis is effective in treating anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia and fibromyalgia. One study by Alan S. Lichtbroun, MD, found that patients with fibromyalgia treated with CES showed significant improvement in tender point scores, self-rated scores of general pain level, and improvement in the quality of their sleep.
We generally believe that the effects of CES are primarily mediated through a direct action on the brain at the limbic system, the hypothalamus and/or reticular activating system (Brotman, 1989; Gibson & O’Hair, 1987; Madden Kirsch, 1987.) The primary role of the reticular activating system is the regulation of electrocortical activity. Repeated use of CES generally increases the presence of generalized Alpha in the brain. Alpha is the frequency of a ready, idling brain. It is the default frequency that the brain reverts to when it is not busy doing other things.
We have clients who are currently using this treatment in their homes at their convenience in conjunction with consultation. They begin by treating for one hour a day, every day for three weeks. Then they reduce treatment time to 20 minutes per day. As they client feels ready, they may then train every other day for 20 minutes, eventually reducing to one or twice per week.
We believe this therapy is promising, especially for those seeking a non-drug treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain.
The information provided here is intended solely for general information and is not a substitute for treatment. Please discuss this information with your physician. This information is not intended for self-diagnosis of health problems. If you have persistent health problems, please consult your health care provider. If you are in crisis, please call 9-1-1.
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