Pulse-Stimulation Treatment (P-STIM)
P-STIM, or Pulse-Stimulation Treatment, is a FDA approved, non-narcotic pain management approach. The P-STIM refers to a wearable device that has been engineered to administer a continuous pulse of low-level electrical current to the ear.
How are these electrical pulses administered? The electrical pulses of P-STIM are emitted through three carefully positioned acupuncture needles.
How Does P-STIM Provide Relief?
P-STIM provides relief by boosting the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s own natural pain relief mechanism and can help increase blood flow to the affected region of tissues. This process, in turn, produces a reduction in pain.
What Pain Can P-STIM Be Used to Treat?
Without potentially harmful or addictive narcotics, P-STIM can be used to successfully treat a range of different kinds of pains. To date, P-STIM has been used to treat everything from depression, smoking cessation and insomnia to chronic pain resulting from arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, migraine headaches and wound related pain. Those looking for a versatile and drug free pain management option will find P-STIM to be a truly interesting choice.
P-STIM Provides Relief From Various Pain & Conditions
- Arthritis pain
- Cancer related pain
- Wound related pain
- Other forms of pain and conditions
How are P-STIM Treatments Administered?
P-STIM is administered by being worn for four consecutive days. This treatment is followed by not wearing P-STIM for three consecutive days.
P-STIM placement is conducted by a medical professional and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Patients come into the office for weekly treatments as part of a 10 to 12 week treatment program. The length of a P-STIM program depends largely upon diagnosis. It is important to follow the entire treatment program in order to achieve results.
Ease of use is a very appealing aspect of P-STIM. Part of the appeal of the P-STIM approach is that the patient is able to remove the P-STIM on his or her own after the fourth day of wearing the device. The process of removal is quick and easy.
P-STIM and HRV
P-STIM is used in conjunction with a HRV test and an ANSiscope HRV Device. HRV test stands for heart rate variability test, and it is used in conjunction with an ANSiscope HRV Device.
The ANSiscope is used to access a patient’s level of autonomic dysfunction and autonomic nervous system balance. The Autonomic Nervous System or ANS is responsible for regulating the function of the internal organs. Importantly, the ANS is also part other peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system controls some of the muscles in the body.
Testing takes about 15 minutes and involves having two electrodes attached to the patient’s body: one on the inner wrist and the other on the ankles. Next a modified EKG is taken. Patients with chronic pain then have their ANS, or autonomic nervous system balance pushed towards sympathetic, which, in turn promotes action.
However, as P-STIM treatment progresses, the patient’s level of ANS balance will shift towards parasympathetic; this shift is important as it promotes relaxation. The HRV test will be used during each P-STIM treatment as a way to optimize P-STIM placement and thus increase the chances of achieving the designed pain management results.
Is P-STIM Safe? Are There Side Effects?
P-STIM is very safe. The technology behind P-STIM is CES or Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, which has been researched since the 1950s. It is important to note that P-STIM uses continuous pulses of low-level electrical current administered to the ear over several days. The current used is very low and free of risks.
P-STIM makes for a very intriguing pain management alternative. Narcotics come with a range of dangerous side effects including potential addiction; however, P-STIM has no such side effects or associated dangers.
In addition to being safe P-STIM is considered to have almost no side effects. Only dizziness or nausea has been reported due to overstimulation of nerves.