There’s a non-prescription treatment for that!

By Elizabeth Schmitt

Ask anyone. Check the data. With depression and stress at an all-time high, inflated costs, and COVID-19 lurking in the background, life has been anything but easy. It’s no wonder people have trouble sleeping! Then factor in pain. The CDC notes that 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% had high-impact chronic pain in 2016. Sound like a never-ending cycle of pain, worry, stress, and sleeplessness?

Here in Western New York, Invision Health is successfully treating adults suffering from pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia using an evidence-based cranial electrotherapy device called Alpha-Stim.

How Alpha-Stim Works. Your brain naturally has electrical currents. The Alpha-Stim device delivers a natural level of microcurrent through small clips worn on the patient’s earlobes, to stimulate and regulate specific groups of the brain’s nerve cells. The microcurrent is so tiny and gentle that most people don’t even feel it. People who use it experience significant anxiety relief, mood normalization, reduced pain, and better sleep. Treatments take 20 minutes, and patients can use the device at home or take it with them to work. The unobtrusive ear clips make it look like you’re just listening to music! Better yet, you can arrange for an appointment to try Alpha-Stim at our office.

What our Patients are Saying about Alpha-Stim. One patient who used Alpha-Stim said, “When I tried the device, I felt balanced, almost meditative, yet highly alert. I could clearly think, reason, have a conversation, and observe my surroundings. I also felt more at ease. Another patient said, “It made my pain manageable to the point where I no longer require medication.” Still another, who had sustained a workplace lower back injury, said that for the past 10 years nothing she tried worked. Opioid medications she had used caused unpleasant side effects, and the injections she was receiving no longer worked. The last time I saw her she hugged me and said, “Alpha-Stim has reduced my pain, and improved my mood and quality of life.”

Our practitioners are thrilled at the results we are experiencing with Alpha-Stim. We see a wide range of patients who look to us to help them with their symptoms. Often, they end up trying reflexology or massage with success, but also seek home strategies for pain relief between appointments. Most have never heard of Alpha-Stim, but when we tell them about it, they are interested and open to it. They also like the fact that they can receive Alpha-Stim treatments in our office for just $30 for a 30-minute session. Patients can also opt to rent or buy a device after experiencing positive results. The device is also being used locally and nationally at VA Medical Centers, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, MD Anderson, Walter Reed Medical Center, and more.

Elizabeth Schmitt is Director of Ancillary Services at Invision Health, where she oversees Spa400, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Functional Medicine. Call 716-631-3555, ext. 4256 to make an appointment to see if Alpha-Stim works for you, and visit Learn more about Alpha-Stim at