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Another relatively new form of therapy treatment is electro-acupuncture. The history and roots of this technique may be debatable, but there’s no arguing that it’s becoming quite a popular type of treatment for a wide variety of ailments. Electro-acupuncture doesn’t really differ too much from traditional acupuncture since it stimulates the same points during treatment. Like traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific points along your body.
In electro-acupuncture, these needles are attached to a device which uses small clips to generate continuous electronic pulses. The intensity and frequency of the impulse can be increased or decreased depending on the condition which is being treated. Two needles are used at a time which enables the impulses to pass from needle to needle. In addition, several pairs of these needles can be stimulated at the same time.
One of the advantages of electro-acupuncture is that a therapist doesn’t have to be quite as precise when inserting the needles since the current delivered is able to stimulate an area that is larger than the needle itself. Also, electro-acupuncture can actually be employed without the use of any needles via a technique known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This method employs the use of electrodes which are taped to the skin’s surface rather than inserting needles. This is ideal for patients who suffer from conditions which don’t allow for needles and for those who have a fear of needles.
At Fit Physiotherapy of Newmarket our team may use electro-acupuncture as a pain-relief treatment for various types of conditions. These include:
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Muscle spasms
- Neurological disorders
- Renal colic
- Poor circulation
- Sports injuries
- Acute nausea caused by cancer treatment
Also, electro-acupuncture is known to activate the body’s endorphin system which could help reduce heart disease and lower your blood pressure.
Since electro-acupuncture utilizes an electric current you may experience a tingling sensation during treatment the current’s effect is subsational, which means many people won’t feel it. Electroacupuncture isn’t a good form of therapy for patients who have pacemakers, epilepsy, heart disease, or have suffered a stroke. The team at Fit Physiotherapy of Newmarket will consult with you and assess your health history and current condition and inform you if electro-acupuncture is recommended.