Electro-acupuncture is one of the many acupuncture services offered at Acupuncture Associates of America clinics in the Albuquerque area. It can be administered alone or in addition to other types of treatment, depending on an individual patient’s needs.
To help you better understand your options so that you can make the right choices regarding your treatment, we are always happy to answer your questions and provide information about the history, technique and effectiveness of any treatment we offer.
A History of Electro-Acupuncture
While traditional acupuncture is thousands of years old, electrical stimulation is a relatively new innovation. There is some debate as to when the methods started. Some suggest that forms of electro-acupuncture were performed as early as the 1800s, but the method didn’t gain popularity until the 1960s. Since then, electrical stimulation techniques have become more widespread and popular in pain management and physical therapy.
Electro-acupuncture works through using short bursts of electrical current to stimulate acupuncture points in the body. In most cases, this happens by running current between two needles inserted into specific points. Sometimes, electrical stimulation can occur without a needle, with a diode simply taped to the skin above an acupuncture point.
Benefits of Electrical Stimulation
According to Oriental Medicine, acupuncture works by improving the flow of chi, or life energy, through the body. Your body’s nerves are controlled by electrical impulses, and electrical stimulation can boost nerve and muscle function. Like traditional acupuncture, electrical stimulation is safe when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner, and it can be a valuable method of pain management and symptom reduction – even in cases where traditional acupuncture may not be as effective.
To learn more about our available acupuncture services, or to schedule your first consultation, contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the best treatment for your individual needs.