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(May 14th, 2015)- Margaret Maxfield is a trooper. Pain has been her constant companion for a number of years. She has arthritis.

But she’s gotten relief from a handheld wand. It uses a low level current on pressure points to release endorphins. The current interrupts the pain cycle and allows the body to heal.

“What happen with chronic pain,” says Dan McKinzie, Rehab Consultant, “people tend to stay up-regulated, they tend to be in that stress response. The body can’t really heal very well when it’s in that mode, so what we try and do is balance that.”

This wand, which uses micro-current point stimulation, doesn’t use needles. There is a built in sensor which detects low resistance, which in turn indicates an accupoint.

“People feel more, it’s just, it’s more like a ball point pen against the skin. You’re not puncturing the skin, like a needle, it’s just the weight of the device against the skin, so it’s very gentle,” says McKinzie.

Two of these wands could cost as much as 700 dollars. For now the treatment has to be prescribed. It works with other medications. But it won’t cure underlying problems.

“It can help, but not necessarily cure, but I think it tends to allow people to begin to heal naturally.”

This segment is presented by American Senior Communities.