The science behind APS Therapy
APS Therapy is a type of electrotherapy, using an action potential machine to conduct micro-currents of electricity through the human body, using electrodes to make contact with the skin.
Micro-current electrotherapies use electricity at biological frequencies. In other words, the same type of electrical signal that our bodies use naturally.
APS stands for Action Potential Simulation.
Action potential = passage of electrical energy along cells. Simulation = ‘ a copy’.
The APS therapy wave form is an direct copy of an action potential, the body's own electrical signalling system, which is what makes it unique.
We are often asked if this is the same as TENS. The answer is no. To compare, a TENS machine uses a current of a thousandth of an amp, or 0.001, to creat a tingle that distracts from pain. APS Therapy uses a current of 0.00 0001, or a millionth of an amp., to get the cells firing more effectively, to address the underlying cause of pain, amongst other things.
Specification of the currents used:
Wave-form: Monophasic with exponential decay
Voltage: 0-46V (no load)
Current: 0-2.0 micro-amps +- 0.3 mA (10kOhm load)
Frequency: 150 Hz +- 10%
Pulse width: 800 UA (resistive load)
Energy per pulse: 220 mJoule maximum
'The change in electrical potential associated with the passage of an impulse along the membrane of a muscle cell or nerve cell.'
The wave of electricity passing along cells, and referred to as a 'nerve signal' 'nerve firing' or 'cells firing' is an Action Potential.
This wave is used to transmit information, and to kick start almost all processes within the cells.
How does Action Potential Simulation Therapy work?
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