Donna Blackman, from Epple Bay, has been taking part in the Kent MS Therapy Centre’s…
“Life-changing” machine gets trialled in MS by 2 British MS Nurses.
For the last 3 years, people with MS who attend an MS Therapy Centre in Bedford, UK, have been trialling a drug-free microcurrent machine to treat pain with very positive, and surprisingly wide ranging effects.
‘APS has given me my life back’
‘I have better mobility, less fatigue and the MS hug has diminished. Am I completely cured of the MS symptoms? No, but I have a quality of life I have not known for a number of years. I was dreading retirement, thanks to APS at the Centre I am not just embracing my retirement but actively looking forward to it, with active being the operative word! I don’t have to use a stick to walk, how wonderful, liberating and normal, not huge I know, but feels so much more normal to carry a handbag than a stick!’ Jacqueline, 2016
The treatment, Action Potential Simulation Therapy, or APS Therapy, uses a copy of the body’s own electrical signals – the ‘action potentials’ that travel along nerve fibres, to enhance communication between the cells, using an APS Therapy machine.
The study has been led by two British MS Specialist Nurses; Queen’s Nurse Emma Matthews from Northampton, and Miranda Olding from Bedford. They cannot share the full results of their report on the first two years of treatment with APS Therapy until it’s been presented at the CMSC conference in Maryland, which they are travelling to in June. They also aim to present their 3rd year results at other clinical conferences during the year.
“The results we’re seeing, are, firstly, pain relief, in over 3/4s of the people with MS who have been treated over the past 3 years at the clinic. This is really significant, especially as the type of neuropathic, or nerve pain, that many people with MS experience, is very difficult to treat, and there are so many problems with side effects from the medication.
“I started off being most excited by the pain relief, and helping people to reduce and in some cases withdraw from medications they’re taking for pain, and of course I still am.
But recently, I’ve been most excited by the other improvements that some people get – we had a lot of people reporting improvements in energy, with reduced fatigue, better sleep quality, feeling less stiffness and spasm, and often, really improved wellbeing, when they used the machines for pain, and so in the past year we’ve begun to try also using the machines specifically to target these problems, and had some lovely results,” says Miranda.
The mode of action of APS Therapy is to enhance cellular communication by sending replicated action potentials, which are up to 4 times stronger than the naturally occurring signals, through the body, between electrodes attached to the skin.
This assists the removal of waste and inflammatory products, which can reduce localised pain and swelling. The production of ATP ( adenosine triphosphate) is boosted by the therapy, which results for some people in increased energy levels, and also stimulates natural healing mechanisms. Other neuro-hormones that encourage healing and endogenous pain relief are also boosted, and some neuropathic pain seem to respond very well to the application of this correct, rather than disordered, nerve signal.
Results for people with MS can be very wide-ranging. One successful APS user is Maggie, who has had MS for over 20 years. Her pain went down until ‘virtually gone’ and she reported and has maintained benefits to her: sleep, energy, ability to rise and lower herself from a chair, moving about and standing for long enough to prepare food again, balance, L’Hermittes’ sign, and performance in physio.
“Mood- has elevated to new heights. I am delighted with the transformation – I feel I am getting me back.”
Not everyone who tries APS Therapy experiences these type of benefits, but the team are having enough similar reports to merit offering APS Therapy as a trial treatment for people with MS who are struggling with fatigue as well as solely for pain, and to be excited by the potential applications of APS Therapy in people with MS.
Miranda Olding now splits her time between working as an MS Specialist Nurse, and working on introducing APS Therapy in the UK, both teaching and training and collecting data, and running a business where people can train, or rent or buy APS Therapy machines with one to one support over Skype, Facetime or Webex. You can find out more at www.painfreepotential.co.uk