Electrotherapy alternatives: ECT

When it comes to applying electrical current to the brain, most people think of ‘shock’ therapy, or ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy). It got some bad press during the ’60s, all because of the best-seller One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

ECT uses large doses of electrical current, sending it through the brain over a very short span of time. This effectively helps the brain ‘reset’, bringing an improvement to certain mental conditions. The drawback is that is also causes all the muscles in the body to contract. When ECT was first making a name for itself, muscle relaxants and tranquilizers were not used, and the sheer force of the contractions caused patients’ bones to snap. Nowadays, medication makes ECT treatment much safer – and a viable alternative to drug therapy, but many people still associate it with its early, somewhat crude beginning.

ECT uses larges doses of electricity, but research has shown that smaller doses over longer periods of time work even better – the way CES works. With electrotherapy, ‘less is more’.¬† What is even better, is that with CES, you don’t need to see a psychiatrist, nor your friendly orthopaedic surgeon after a treatment.

Chemical reactions in your body work with deliberate changes to electrical value. Every organ, every vessel, every cell works with tiny, but vital, current flows. The idea that large dose electrotherapy is effective is no longer considered viable. New research is showing that cells perform best on electrical treatment in keeping with the voltage and intensity  the human body produces.