AS PUBLISHED IN: Sun Press (Your Health In The 90's)

Thorp Helps "Balance" Bodies

February 23, 1995

New technology is enabling physicians and physical therapist reestablish homeostasis, the body's state of physiological equilibrium.

Currently, two medical instruments provide medical professionals that capability: the Electro-Acuscope 80 and the Myopulse.

This modern technology has been assisting elite and professional athletes heal and recover from injuries at an astonishing pace. Last year, Hawaii based stuntman John Thorp opened the Balanced Body Center in Kahala, offering the medical technology that repaired his badly injured leg and revived his career in stunt work.

The Myopulse is described as an electrical muscle stimulator, whose microchips are tuned to read and treat muscle and connective tissue. This focus enables it to rapidly treat acute soft-tissue injuries.

By contrast, the Electro-Acuscope is described as an electrical nerve stimulation whose microchips are programmed to treat all body systems. It is capable of monitoring and treating both acute and chronic disorders. Electro-Acuscope and Myopulse equipment first received worldwide attention in 1984, when U.S. athletes rapidly recovered from injuries after undergoing the new treatment, Thorp said.

The human body functions through electrical conductivity, with different currents flowing through connective channels such as muscle bone and neural tissue, he explained. When a person is injured, the body's normal conductivity in the damaged tissues is frequently altered. The machine locates abnormal tissue and produces a corrective current that normalizes or relaxes damaged tissue.

Over a series of treatments, the current opens up the damaged area to blood flow, circulation and calcium ions so that the body can begin its own natural healing, Thorp said.