A gentle electrical current passed through the needles to stimulate Muscles and Acupuncture Channels
What is Electroacupuncture?
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electriccurrent is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This is achives by attaching small electrodes to a pair of acupuncture needles. These electrodes are connected to a microcurrent machine which passes a current between the two acupuncture points creating a circuit along a particular acupuncture channel or through a muscle. This helps create a greater area of stimulatin helping the Chinese Medicine Practitioner achive the level of treatment required.
Another advantage is that electroacupuncture can be employed without using needles. The electrodes can be connected to pads which are taped to the skin over the selected acupuncture points to achive a similar result. Although not as acurate it is a perfect choice for needle phobic patients.
Does it hurt?
Patients may experience a tingling sensation or a pulsing while being treated with electroacupuncture which is the current passing through the tissues. They may also experience some muscle twitching as the muscle responds to the electrical pulses.
What conditions does it treat?
Traditional Chinese medicine sees illness as being caused when qi does not flow properly throughout the body. An Acupuncturist would determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which gives then an indication to what points need to be stimulated.
Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate. It can also be an effective treatments for both acute and chronic muscle tightness as well as ligiment and tendon issues, and can help in some painful joint conditions like Rheumatiod Arthritis.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get Electroacupuncture?
People fitted with Pacemakers should not be treated with electroacupuncture as well as precautions in the treatment of pregnant women. There are guidelines around it’s use with certail conditions but your Acupuncturist should be aware of these.
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