Electroacupuncture is a modern variation of acupuncture. It uses electricity to enhance the benefits of this traditional therapeutic treatment.
Like traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture uses needles placed in specific points in the body. Then, a small electrode is attached to the needles. A small amount of electricity runs through the electrode and gives a slight vibration or soft hum during treatment.
Electroacupuncture blocks pain by activating a variety of bioactive chemicals in the body.
Electroacupuncture may help with conditions like:
- Neurological diseases
- Chronic pain
- Muscle related pain
- Sciatica pain
- Sensation of Numbness/ pins and needles
- Pain in general
There are a few risks of electroacupuncture, however if you have a history of any of the following conditions should avoid electroacupuncture:
- Possibly Pregnancy (talk with your doctor if you’re pregnant and thinking about electroacupuncture. They’ll help you decide if it’s safe for you and your baby)
There are different types of Electroacupuncture, depending on where the needles are placed.
- Scalp electroacupuncture, is when the needles are placed on the scalp and is commonly used for neurological conditions (such as, MS, Parkinson, Stroke etc.)
- Body ‘Traditional’ Electroacupuncture when the needles are placed in acupuncture point (mapped to 14 main meridians or channels). This can help with many different conditions, such as sciatica pain, chronic pain, knee pain, back pain etc.
- Motor Point Electroacupuncture, when the needle is placed in motor points, which are points in the body where a nerve enters the muscle. It can help improve muscle pain, numbness pain, etc.
Visit our page dedicated to ‘regular’ ACUPUNCTURE to find out about traditional Western Acupuncture.