Marino has worked at Brooks-Carter Clinic for nearly three years. As well as offering Swedish and Relaxation Massage, he also uses Avazzia Best Bio-Electrical Stimulation Technology (BEST) device for pain relief, reduction of inflammation and general help in the healing of chronic conditions.
Avazzia devices stimulate the nervous system, just as TENS devices do, but that’s where the similarity ends. Avazzia technology works differently than most TENS devices, first by using microcurrent and second by targeting the C-fibers of the nervous system (most TENS devices work on the A- and B-fibers). C-fibers stimulate the production of neuropeptides and other regulatory peptides, which the body uses to heal itself. Thus, BEST products work differently on the nerve pathways than a traditional TENS.
This device, approved by the FDA, was developed as a simple, easy-to-use, hand-held machine for non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive pain relief.
The frequencies employed i.e. specific micro-current (one millionth of an AMP), are comparable to the energy frequencies used by the human body for its electrical functionality, to treat issues like pain or reduced range of movement. The device will apply the selected frequency and micro-current power via adhesive electrodes or a metal accessory directly onto the skin to either treat a spot or an area that has tissue impedance (which means poor nerves messaging). Treatment on that spot will re-establish communication in between the cells and tissues and central nervous system.
The body's natural painkillers, the endorphins will be delivered to the area to either calm or eliminate painful sensations.
The degree of success depends on the severity of the issue and a course of treatments is usually recommended to re-establish normality.
Combined with massage and / or manipulation plus exercising, hydration and eating a healthy diet, resolution is encouraged in the lesion, inflamed tissue, wound or injury.
Our entire nervous system uses electricity. Electrical impulses carry signals from our brain to the relevant muscles to do what they do e.g. pick something up. If the object is too hot, the nerves takes that message/signal to the brain which sends a signal back, to let go. There is also an electrical gradient across our skin. If you compare the outside of your skin to the inside there is a difference of 100 millivolts. The inside is more positively charged with absorbed positive sodium ions. The outside of the skin is more negative from negative chloride ions being secreted. This voltage difference remains about the same, but is affected by stress, emotion and other changes in the nervous system.
The voltage at the site of a cut or surgical wound is different and the positive charge flows out of the body. The rest of the skin is still the same so this voltage difference lasts until the skin closes. This difference is the one employed by electrotherapy using electrical stimulation to speed up wound healing. Professor Mc Caig found that if an electric gradient helps wounds to heal then a stronger electrical gradient would help them heal faster.
Ancient Egyptians used electric eels to “shock” people back to health – probably the earliest known tie between medical treatment and what is now called electrostimulation or neurostimulation. Using electricity to absorb electrons and then stimulate the molecules renewing damaged cells. Electricity can also provide energy for healing, relieving fatigue leading to improved health.
A little electricity may dramatically speed up the healing of skin wounds.....this is research done by Min Zhao and Professor Colin McCaig of Univeristy of Aberdeen, Head of the School of Medicine. McCaig says 'it has long been known that wounds naturally generate weak electric currents, and that our cells sense and follow these currents to rebuild'.
Electrical stimulation helps in tissue regeneration. Indeed, it acts on all levels of tissues and organs and at each stage of wound healing.
As you see, this technology can help many issues and here are two, Marino notes:.
- Treat pain
- Reduce and help to smooth keloid tissue
- Re-align fibres either side of the scar to be parallel again and re-establish the required circulation of energy, allowing energy meridians/ circuits to do their job!
Vagus Nerve Stimulation: Another technique uses micro - current technology as a non invasive vagus nerve stimulation for the brain - gut axis. This means that it can be used to treat psychiatric or inflammation disorders.
Marino practices the following therapies at Brooks-Carter Clinic:
- Swedish Massage
- Relaxation and Relaxation Massage
- Avazzia Best Bio Electrical Stimulation Technology (BEST)
Marino is interested in all aspects of Health Care and is studying Remedial and Sports Massage.
He also assists the osteopaths with their soft tissue work.
- Monday: On request
- Tuesday: 1pm-3pm
- Wednesday: On request
- Thursday: 4.30pm-8pm
- Friday: On request
- Saturday: No clinic hours
- Sunday: No clinic hours
A consultation and treatment with Marino costs £35.