One of the most popular conditions electro-acupuncture is used for is pain conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, pain is due to a stagnation of Qi, Blood, and Body Fluids within the local area. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as direct trauma (e.g. sports injury or whiplash), wear and tear (e.g. osteoarthritis or frozen shoulder), auto-immune conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), and others pain featuring conditions (e.g. fibromyalgia).
This stagnation prevents the natural free flow of these substances and in doing so causes pain, swelling, inflammation, and limited range of movement. The aim of the TCM practitioner is to help break down this blockage and facilitate the free flow of these substances once again.
With some pain conditions, strong stimulation of localised points are required in order to boost this effect.
Traditionally, TCM practitioners would need to apply constant manual stimulation on specific needles in order for them to create a stronger result. This strong stimulation enabled the blockage to be broken down more effectively, however, the practitioner was limited to stimulating one or two needles at a time. With advances in technology, electro-stimulation machines were created in order to help TCM practitioners apply stronger stimulation to multiple needles at the same time for an extended duration, allowing for a greater outcome of their treatment for certain condition.
This has become popularised by recent social media posts with many professional athletes posting their sessions of electro-acupuncture for various injuries and boosting their recovery rate.
Some of the lesser known reasons TCM practitioners will apply electro-acupuncture is for re-stimulating nerve signals for such conditions as with Bell’s palsy and post-stroke, or helping to reduce an over-active nervous system, such as with nausea or anxiety. A qualified TCM practitioner is trained and experienced to specifically tailor the current and frequency of the electro-stimulation to the needles depending on the individual’s needs.
If you’d like some more information or to discuss electro-acupuncture through with a qualified TCM practitioner, then give us a call and we can book you in for a free 15min consultation to see if this would be a suitable treatment for your condition.