Nearly 50 million Americans struggle with chronic pain; most commonly, low back pain/sciatica, arthritis, headaches, and nerve pain. Conventional treatment includes pharmaceuticals and/or surgery, which may be provide relief, but is not without risk or side effects. Acupuncture is a natural solution, which taps into the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Electroacupuncture is a variation on acupuncture. Electroacupuncture works the same way as regular acupuncture, but it uses the needles as conduits that administer a small amount of electricity that invigorate the skin and muscles of the body. Electricity increases the effects of acupuncture. This can lead to increased energy, pain relief, and much, much more. Acupuncture coupled with electricity, encourages the body to release neurotransmitters that can act as natural painkillers. Because of this, electroacupuncture is becoming more common in the treatment of pain
Electroacupuncture produces a rhythmic, non-painful muscle twitch just below the needle through the use of a very small milliamp current. This stimulation triggers local blood flow perfusion. This blood flow carries essential nutrients that promote muscle regeneration. The use of electroacupuncture can break pain cycles, initiate a person’s own pain-relieving mechanisms and help relax tight muscles. As a result, patients can recover their range of motion and proper biomechanics.
A study published in Anesthesiology: The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc., tested electroacupuncture for its effectiveness in treating persistent pain. Although the subjects used in the study were animals, the findings are readily applicable to human beings. The studies showed electroacupuncture can greatly decrease several types of pain, including neuropathic, inflammatory, cancer-related and visceral pain. The studies showed solid evidence that electroacupuncture produces an analgesic effect in patients that are suffering from chronic pain, regardless of the type of pain.
Acupuncture is a modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine in which a practitioner inserts hair-thin, solid, stainless steel needles into the body, under the skin along the fascia. In Chinese Medicine, optimal health is achieved when blood and nutrients flow freely. When these vital substances become blocked or stagnant, disease or decreased vitality will start to manifest. The meridians allow nerve impulses and blood to flow throughout the body, keeping the body in balance and alignment.
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