How does Electro-Acupuncture work?
Electro-Acupuncture involves stimulating the body by attaching positive and negative electrodes to various areas of the body.
Using a highly specialised Electro-Acupuncture instrument, various intensity of electrical current, frequency and wave length/patterns are transmitted between needles to stimulate the body to bring about specific health changes. Electro-Acupuncture may be used to:
- Decrease Inflammation
- Decrease Pain
- Regulate Blood Pressure
- Regulate Hormones
- Improve Circulation
- Promote Healing
What can Electro-Acupuncture treat?
Electro-Acupuncture is a highly versatile treatment that can be used to treat almost all of the conditions that can be treated with traditional Acupuncture as well as others that are generally non-responsive to Acupuncture such as Post-Stroke syndrome and certain neurological diseases.
What is the difference between Electro-Acupuncture and Acupuncture?
Some key points:
The biggest and most obvious difference between the two is the usage of electrical current to aid in the stimulation.
The treatment itself will feel different, traditional Acupuncture generally creates a dull achy sensation with occasional tingling sensations.
Electro-Acupuncture will provide more of a buzzing sensation, which will vary in intensity depending on the current output which is determined by the health practitioner.
Electro-Acupuncture may also be applied without the use of Acupuncture needles allowing for a less-invasive treatment method suitable for needle-phobics, children, those with poor immune function/bleeding disorders.
Research Shows that in relation to Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture:
- is more effective in some situations
- can in some cases produce results faster that last longer
- has different and specific effects on pain, relaxation, circulation and muscle tissue
- allows stronger, more continuous stimulation with less tissue damage
Can I get electrocuted?
Electro-Acupuncture involves application of mild-moderate amounts of electricity to the body that are designed to be tolerable and not harmful in any way. Rest assured that you will not be electrocuted in the same sense that you might get electrocuted with mains electricity and suffer adverse effects.
The reason for the low to high current output is to accommodate all types of patients and their pain thresholds. Some will have a higher pain tolerance so a stronger stimulation will be appropriate and the opposite applies for those who are sensitive to pain.
In general, patients will experience a mild to moderate tingling sensation at the insertion area of the Acupuncture needles.
Is it safe?
In the consultation with a qualified Acupuncturist, Electro-Acupuncture is safe to use with minimal minor adverse events such as tenderness and mild bruising post-treatment.
As always, it is important to talk with your Acupuncturist to discuss the intensity of the treatment and prior medical conditions.
For Electro-Acupuncture, caution is to be noted in cases of heart problems and is contra-indicated where a pacemaker is in-use.