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Microcurrent & Exercise Programme

Microcurrent with and without Exercise Programme for Adults over 40 in London

The Benefits of Using Microcurrent with and without resistance exercise

In this video, coach Stefan will tell you more about an exciting project, for non-regularly trained participants over the age of 40, in which you can take part. Stefan is currently undertaking a PhD on the effects of microcurrent and resistance exercises on body composition, muscle strength, and function in middle-aged and older adults. He is a postgraduate research student at the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich, supervised by Professor Fernando Naclerio and Professor Ian Swaine.

Stefan Kolimechkov is a PhD student in Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich

This study has a University Research Ethics Committee Approval (FREC-EHHS-21-3-35-03), and it is registered as a clinical trial on ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT05567237).


Who Can Take Part in this Programme?

  • non-regularly trained adults (people who do not engage regularly in physical sessions);
  • over the age of 40.

Microcurrent and Exercise Programme for Adults over 40 (Microcurrent, sarcopenia and sport)



Can we slow down ageing? Aging is associated with the involuntary loss of muscle mass, which is named sarcopenia. This age-related decline in muscle mass is accompanied by loss of muscle strength and muscle function, which reduces our ability to perform simple tasks of daily living like jogging or being actively involved in our hobbies. It has been well documented that after the age of 30, muscle mass decreases with around 3 to 8% per decade and even at a higher rate after the age of 60. This involuntary loss of muscle mass, accompanied by decline in muscle strength and function is one of the main causes of disability in middle-aged and older adults. With increased age, sarcopenia leads to loss of independence and the need for long-term care. Therefore, it is of high importance to look for effective treatments for slowing the age-related decline of muscle mass, strength and function. The hallmark of prevention and counteracting sarcopenia (the involuntary loss of muscle mass and strength) is resistance exercise. Emerging evidence suggest that a potential method for interacting with the signs of sarcopenia is the application of microcurren.

In this study, we would like to analyse the effects of microcurrent treatment alone, and combined with a resistance exercise programme, as a potential treatments to effectively combat sarcopenia and improve health and wellbeing in adults over the age of 40.


What is Microcurrent?

We all know what resistance exercises are, and that they can improve our overall health and slow down the age-related effects of sarcopenia. However, not so much is known about microcurrent. So, what is microcurrent and how that might help your health and contribute toward successful ageing?

Microcurrent devices produce very low-level electrical currents into your body through two electrode pads applied to the skin. The current is perfectly safe and it can’t be felt at all because it is sub-sensory. So, yes, you will not feel anything while using microcurrent. It is similar in strength to our body’s own natural bio-currents, and it has been used in beauty centres, physiotherapy and osteopathy clinics in the UK and around the world. Microcurrent is also referred as microcurrent electrical nerve stimulation (MENS), microcurrent electrical therapy, low-intensity direct current, and low voltage micro-amperage stimulation. Research showed that microcurrent can increase ATP (boost the energy levels), help the body reduce inflammation and pain while increasing its own natural tissue repair and regeneration mechanisms. At the end of 2022, Dr Stefan and his supervisors at the University of Greenwich published a paper on the mechanistic effects of microcurrent applied with exercise. This article was published in one of the most prestigious journals in our field, the European journal of applied physiology. You can read this article and find out more about microcurrent.

What is Microcurrent?


What are your benefits if you take part?

If you decide to take part in this 6-week programme, you will benefit from using a new microcurrent device for free during the study. If you choose to engage in exercise, you will receive specialised home-based training programme with elastic bands + a familiarization session with a qualified coach at the University of Greenwich. You will be able to see any changes in your body composition and muscle function during the 2 measurement sessions in the labs at the University of Greenwich (before and after the study).

Microcurrent and exercise Arc4Health

  • You will receive a Microcurrent device during the 6-week study with an option to continue using it for 12 weeks;
  • You will receive a Pedometer to track your physical activity;
  • You will receive a specialised home-based resistance training programme with elastic bands + a familiarization session on campus to learn how to do the exercises correctly (for those who decide to engage with exercise);
  • Precise measurement of your weight, height, fat mass, and free-fat mass in the lab;
  • White blood cells count in the lab;
  • Measurement of the thickness of 2 arms and legs muscles by using ultrasound in the lab;
  • Measurement of your muscle strength and muscle function in the lab.
  • Full report with all results of your body composition and strength parameters assessment at the end of the study.

Body Composition Report / Muscle Strength and Function