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Treatment Protocols

Protocols for
Alpha-Stim AID

Download a CES (earclip) treatment protocol for Alpha-Stim AID.

Protocols for
Alpha-Stim M

Download a complete set of CES (earclip) and MET (probes and self-adhesive electrodes) treatment protocols for Alpha-Stim M.

Basic Rules of MET Treatment Protocol (Smart Probes)

Large "X"

First treat in a large “X” manner over a wide area holding the probes so that the current is directed through the problem area. An example of this strategy for knee pain would be to first make the large X by treating from the medial, superior thigh to the lateral foot, then lateral at the hip to the medial foot.

Small Star

Treat with smaller Xs, or a “star” (*) closer and directly around the involved knee (e.g., two obliques, one or two medial-lateral, one or two anterior-posterior, etc.).

Treat Opposite Site

Treat the opposite knee for at least 20 seconds (one X), even if it is asymptomatic.

Connect Both Sides

Connect the two knees by placing a probe on each knee at least four times (most important step).

Always Do CES For Better Results

After EACH pain treatment, follow up with a cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) treatment for 20 to 60 minutes.

Additional Considerations (MET treatment protocol)

Always Connect Both Sides

Always connect both sides (Step 4) to treat spinal nerves and corresponding dermatomes and myotomes.

Consider Anatomy

When treating with probes or electrodes always consider anatomy, e.g., encompass the entire muscle. Do not treat just part of a muscle!

Press Probes Firmly Into the Muscle

When using the probes, press fairly hard for a good contact and always bracket the area of pain. Adjust the current intensity to 600µA, or to a comfortable level on the head.

Re-evaluate Pain Level as You Treat

Re-evaluate pain about every 1 - 2 minutes (“treatment set”). Stop when pain is gone or if there is no further improvement after 2 or 3 sets, or when the patient feels stiffness (will wear off), but has no more pain.

Use of AS-Trodes

Use AS-Trodes for acute pain problems, pain associated with wounds, fractures, decubitus ulcers, or if treatments with probes do not provide satisfactory results. Treat with AS-Trodes at 0.5 Hz and 100µA for at least 1 hour/day. Similar to probe protocols, bracket the area of pain when using AS-Trodes.

Alpha-Stim AID Training Video

Alpha-Stim® AID Owner’s Manual (2014). Electromedical Products International, Inc.
Alpha-Stim® M Owner’s Manual (2014). Electromedical Products International, Inc.
Kirsch, D. L. (2006). Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET): A tutorial. Practical Pain Management 6(7):59-64.
Kirsch, D. L. (2002b). A practical protocol for electromedical treatment of pain. Chapter 61 in Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (the textbook of the American Academy of Pain Management) edited by Richard S. Weiner, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2002.

This information is not a substitute for the Owner’s Manual. Read the Prescribing Information in the Owner’s Manual for Contraindications, Precautions and Adverse Effects associated with the use of Alpha-Stim®. Copyright 2014 Electromedical Products International, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Alpha-Stim® is registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office and worldwide.