Beginning in 1889, French physician Jacques-Arsène D’Arsonval became interested in determining the physiological effects that alternating current had on the body. He found that when exposing the skin to frequencies greater than 5,000 Hz, the body did not exhibit muscular contractions or the other symptoms that were commonly associated with experiencing an electric shock. In fact, the electrical stimulation seemed to cause unexpected benefits. He was the first to introduce high-frequency therapy and established the practice of electrotherapy. The device he pioneered to deliver treatments later became known as D’Arsonval.
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High-frequency Therapy Explained
Treatments involved sending high-frequency electrical currents to the skin via gas-filled glass electrodes. Electricity passes from the wand to the glass electrode which ignites the gas inside. Room air mixes with the thermal effect of the electrode to create ozone or O3.
When the electrical and heat energy plus the ozone product make contact with skin cells, surface bacteria dies. The energy and super-oxygen molecules also penetrate deeply into the skin, which enhances collagen and elastin production. As the skin fills out, individuals undergoing treatment look younger and refreshed. The stimulation also increases blood flow to the treated area, which increases oxygen and nutrient levels. Treatments also reduce puffiness. Many feel that the benefits gained by electrotherapy outweigh topical treatments and microdermabrasion. Electrotherapy treatments are especially beneficial for people over the age of 40.
There are many D’arsonval kits on the market that are designed for home use. Simply select the desired electrode, turn the device on and apply the tip to the skin area needing treatment while continuously moving the device across the skin. Apply a slight amount of pressure with the electrode. However, do not use enough pressure to pull the skin. Massage each area in upward strokes or outwards in circular motions. The therapy causes a slight tingling. Treatment sessions should last a mere 15 minutes. Apply treatments twice a week for optimal results.