Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture
Electroacupuncture is one of the most effective ways to relieve pain. This technique involves the use of a small, 9 volt battery-operated instrument to stimulate acupuncture points.  Small clips are attached from the needles to the electrostimulation unit. The frequency and intensity of the impulse are adjusted to a comfortable level for each patient. Electroacupuncture stimulates the tissues and local nerves and intensifies the stimulation of the acupuncture points.  Several points can be stimulated at one time, allowing a longer lasting treatment. Pain relief may last from several days to several weeks. It works in much the same way as the transdermal electroneurostimulation (TENS) used by physical therapists.

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       Several different wave forms, frequencies and current strengths are incorporated in electroacupuncture. The current stimulates the point, similar to hand manipulation of the needles, making it especially helpful for treatment of pain. It has been effectively used as anesthesia in many types of surgeries to stop pain. Other uses include treatment of nausea and vomiting, nerve injury and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.    

Electroacupuncture

     Patients may feel a slight tingling or a tapping sensation, but should not have pain from the technique. The tapping sensation may remain local or move along the channel. The muscle tissue beneath the needles may twitch with the current, causing a strange sensation. This is considered to be a desirable effect.  In an occasional patient there may be some minor bruising from the technique. This type of acupuncture is not appropriate for all patients. Inform your practitioner if you have a history of heart disease, seizures, epilepsy, bleeding disorders, pacemakers or other metal in the body.