Advanced Microcurrent Stimulator
Confessions of a Reformed LASER Manufacturer
A true story by Joseph Ventura DC
The year is 1984 and I had already been in the TENS manufacturing business for a couple of years. As a designer, I was moving away from TENS (high powered stimulation) to microcurrent (Lower current shown to not depress the healing response). In the Fall of 84’ I was introduced to the Dynatronics HeNe laser and I was convinced it would change the world. It was sleek, it was sexy, AND it had the word LASER in the name. Every Baby Boomer associates a red laser with James Bond and the movie Goldfinger. Every boy wanted one. And now, thanks to Dynatronics, every grown-up boy could have one.
As a manufacturer of medical equipment, I had access to resources most didn’t at the time. This was pre-Internet. I started leaning about what it took to build a laser like the Dynatronics, and found out it was not much. The decision was made byr my company, VME, Inc, to design and build a laser. VME has never been a “me too” company, so the design had to be unique and highly functional. I decided to build the first portable and self-powered laser with the same power as the Dynatronics. Within 3 months VME had produced the LaserPro. 1985 price was $2,000. Could not make them fast enough.
Before VME pulled the trigger on the LaserPro, we were working on a new clinical microcurrent stimulator. Electrical stimulators were VME’s specialty and the new generation of microcurrent devices would set the standard. Because we built equipment for the acupuncture certification seminars of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture, we had access to a large group of doctors interested in both the microcurrent and the LaserPro. Our follow-up with the doctors suggested those with the microcurrent devices were getting better results with treating acupuncture points and with musculoskeletal injuries. While the laser was cool, the AXION could measure points, provide feedback on treatment status and could be used unattended. But most importantly, the results were just better.
After almost a year of selling both devices, I made the decision to focus on the AXION microcurrent. It offered a much better return on investment, the results were dramatic and predictable and I had this nagging question about the actual depth of penetration of the laser beam. (More on this later.)
I have never looked back. Although I could have made a lot more money selling both units, I believe you go with the best product. And the past three decades have shown I made the right decision. Research in microcurrent has exploded, being examined for uses in such current topics as ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer’s and even Vagus Nerve stimulation for a whole host of conditions.
As somebody that understands the physics of both laser and microcurrent and the physiological effects of both, and was successful at manufacturing and marketing both. I chose clinical microcurrent.
I’m so glad I turned away from the light 25 years ago. I know you will be as well. In just a bit we will be sending you more information about the new AXION micro5, the latest generation in clinical microcurrent.
Joseph Ventura, DC
Reformed LASER Manufacturer