Loburn Physiotherapy & Holistic Health
APS Therapy - What is APS?
ASP stands for Action Potential Stimulation and is a form of electrotherapy using microcurrent. More commonly you may be familiar with TENS and Interferential treatments. APS differs from these in the wave form and way the body is affected by the stimulation.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APS AND CONVENTIONAL TENS?
TENS supplies and electrical stimulus which enhances the A-beta pain suppression nerves fibres which are in competition with the pain producing nerve fibres A-delta + C fibres. This also occurs when you rub or tap a painful spot. Our mothers knew this - rubbing a bump better REALLY does work!! (short term).
TENS output is in milliamps. This is sufficient to do its nerve stimulating job as indicated above, but it doesn’t provide or promote any real healing effect. APS supplies a microcurrent, measured in microamps(1000 times smaller than milliamps) . Your own cells produce current at this level .
HOW DOES IT WORK?
APS stimulation has been found to enhance ATP production. This is our energy supply – used by the cells to do their job and repair an injured area. The correct microcurrent applied to an injured area augments the natural responses, which helps to reduce the higher electrical resistance that occurs in this situation.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TEAR PART OF MY MUSCLE?
At a cellular level the disruption causes the electrical levels to change. The area that is injured has a much higher resistance than the normal tissue surrounding it. Electricity always takes the path of least resistance, so generally will go to the surrounding tissues. The decreased electrical flow to the injured area , means healing is actually impaired. This may be why the body’s response to an injury is inflammation. We experience this as Pain, heat, swelling and redness BUT electricity flows more easily through these hot inflamed areas. Also when a muscle is traumatised it goes into spasm.This reduces the local blood supply, thus reduces nutrients and oxygen to the area and does not allow waste products produced to be removed – this “chemical soup” causes pain. ATP (AdenoTriphosPhate) is a cells energy source and is vital in the healing process. It is required to transport vital minerals ( sodium, potassium,magnesium and calcium) in and out of the cell, together with waste products produced in the cell metabolism.
WHAT OTHER EFFECTS HAVE BEEN NOTED?
From research and clinical studies (see apstherapy.co.nz for details) ATP can increase up to 500% Cellular transport in and out of the cell can increase by 40% There is an increase in protein synthesis ( improves healing of soft tissues e.g muscles and ligaments) Improved DNA synthesis ( needed for cell regeneration) Activation of T-lymphocytes ( to strengthen the immune system)