Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing', the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints) for therapeutic purposes. These acupoints have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. The acupoints are stimulated to balance the movement of Energy (Qi) in the body to restore health. By stimulating these points, blocked energy is released and regulated and health then restored.
Electro-Acupuncture involves the application of bilateral leads and small clips from a portable battery electrical device stimulator to the acpuncture needles. Electrical current is passed through the wires to the needles to strengthen and alter the nature of the stimulation. We can use either a Low frequency 2- 4 Hertz. Or a High Frequency 50 - 200 Hertz. Studies indicate that Acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems. Evidence shows that endorphins are released from the brain which makes acupuncture particularly effective in pain control.
Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing Energy (Qi). It allows the body to heal itself quickly and completely. Acupuncture helps to reduce muscle spasm, pain (through the release of endorphins) and swelling as well as increase circulation, neural and energy flow. Duration of standard treatment with electro-acupuncture is usually 20- 30 minutes. During the stimulation period, the patient may become adapted to the stimulus (this will typically happen after the first minute or two), with a gradual decline in response. The electrical output should then be adjusted in frequency and/or intensity to resume the sensation.
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