What is Electro-acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is a modern form of acupuncture which involves running a small electric current between two acupuncture needles. Similar to traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture involves using needles in the same spots. Following this, an electrode is attached and a small amount of electricity runs through the electrode and gives a slight vibration during the course of treatment.

How does Electro-acupuncture work?

Electro-acupuncture aims to stimulate the body’s healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles and nerves. Electrical stimulation is most commonly associated with pain management as it promotes the release of endogenous neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphin, a natural analgesic. This is a similar theory to the use of TENS machines to aid pain relief. Electro-acupuncture’s main function is to help block pain by activating bioactive chemicals in your body. In turn, you may feel less sensitive to the pain you are experiencing. Electro-acupuncture is also useful for reducing any inflammation in your body as well.

What does it treat?

• Chronic lower back problems, disc problems and sciatic pain
• Neck pain
• Knee pain
• Plantar fasciitis
• Frozen Shoulder
• Tennis Elbow
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Arthritic joints

What does it feel like?

Once the needles are inserted and the small clips are placed onto the needles there will be a gradual rise in the current of electricity. There will be an initial low-grade sensation of either tingling, buzzing, warmth, throbbing or pulsing. Once a comfortable level is found the session will last for around 15 to 20 minutes. The level of intensity is set according to the feedback from the patient and can be adjusted up or down at any point. The treatment is not painful and can be very relaxing.

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