• Has your life become less fulfilling because of personal stressors? Are you looking for a clinically effective treatment that is non-psychopharmaceutical to treat anxiety, as a treatment for depression, or as an insomnia treatment?
  • Are you seeing only partial relief of your symptoms in spite of trying several different medications or different combinations of medications?

If you answered yes to any of these, Alpha-Stim could help. Alpha Stim is a non-medication based device that may be able to provide relief that has otherwise been eluding you. We encourage all of our patients to learn about Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) technology. This device has been extensively tested, clinically effective, and is a patient preferred treatment option. The Alpha-Stim AID, could help in your treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and/or depression.

Kentlands Psychotherapy is proud to offer treatment services that incorporate this technology. We have been very pleased with the initial results our patients have achieved and would be happy to discuss the possible appropriateness of incorporating this treatment modality in your care. 

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Carr at Ext. 801 for details about this service.

How does the Alpha-Stim® work?

The Alpha-Stim® is based on the concept that the biophysics underlying the body’s biochemistry also plays a significant role in regulating all of life’s processes. There are about 75 trillion cells in a human body, each having a small electrical potential of ~80mV across its cell membrane, similar to a battery. Alpha-Stim®’s proprietary waveform works by moving electrons through the body and brain at a variety of frequencies, collectively known as harmonic resonance. This normalizes the electrical activity of the nervous system and brain as measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG).

The exact mechanism by which Alpha-Stim® produces its effects is not fully understood. However, based on previous and ongoing studies, it appears that the Alpha-Stim® microcurrent waveform activates particular groups of nerve cells located at the brainstem, a site at the base of the brain that sits atop of the spinal cord. These nerve cells produce the chemicals serotonin and acetylcholine, which can affect the chemical activity of nerve cells that are both nearby and at more distant sites in the nervous system.

What scientific research has been conducted?

The efficacy and safety of Alpha-Stim® is backed by more than 60 research studies. Most of the studies were double-blind placebo controlled and were conducted at major US universities. At present, there are over 126 research studies on CES in humans and 29 experimental animal studies. The overwhelming majority of the scientific research is extremely positive. No significant lasting side effects have been reported.

What about clinical results?

Post-marketing surveys show that more than 90% of pain patients achieve clinically significant relief with Alpha-Stim®, even when conventional intervention has failed. In a survey of 47 physicians reporting on 500 patients, Alpha-Stim® treatments produced clinically significant results (at least 25% improvement) in 92% of patients for pain management, 94% for anxiety, 90% for depression, 93% for stress, 79% for insomnia, 90% for headaches, and 95% for muscle tension. Nearly half of the patients in all categories had 75 to 100% relief.

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