Electro acupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. An electro acupuncture session begins the same as a traditional acupuncture session, with needles being inserted into acupuncture points, however, rather than leaving the points to rest and be manipulated by hand, a small electrical device is connected to perform the stimulation.
The device is connected to the acupuncture needles via two wires. The wires have clips on the end, which attach to the head of the needle. Electro acupuncture uses two needles at a time, so the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, depending on the condition being treated. The output of the machine is adjustable, which means it can be set to a level that’s most comfortable and suited to you.
Electro acupuncture is not a painful procedure. The machine sends a small gentle current through the needle into the muscle. The pulse can only be felt in the area where it is attached. The pulse feels like a gentle tapping sensation. It can feel a little funny at first until you’re used to the sensation. Your practitioner will start the machine at a lower intensity, then over the space of five minutes, as your muscle gets used to the rhythmic beat, will gradually increase the output.
The optimal duration for electro acupuncture ranges between 15-30 minutes. Electro acupuncture is largely known for its effectiveness as a pain reliever. This can be explained with The Gate Control Theory. A key element of this theory is the concept of a gate; The gate allows pain signals to reach the brain when it’s open and blocks the signals when it’s closed. The electrical stimulation passing into the muscle with electro acupuncture, travels the muscle fibre ends, closing their gates, preventing the pain message from being sent from the site of the injury to the brain for interpretation. It effectively stops the pain in its tracks before it can be felt.
In this clinic, electro acupuncture is mainly used for the treatment of painful conditions. It’s commonly applied around areas with dense fibrous tissue, like intervertebral discs, tendons, joint capsules or ligaments. It’s used in treatment to relieve pain and promote healing.
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