During an electroacupuncture treatment the same fine needles are inserted on specific body points as with traditional acupuncture. However, in this instance electrical stimulation of the body is created by passing small electrical impulses through the needles.
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Electroacupuncture is done by using a device which is attached to the needles via small clips. This device allows the practitioner to adjust the intensity and frequency of the impulse depending on each patients requirements or the disorder in question. Most commonly patients report a mild tingling sensation while partaking in electroacupuncture.
Our bodies are electrical units. In a healthy body electrical signals from the brain and nerves cause the release of beneficial chemicals. These activate muscles to move or control other essential body functions. The basic premise behind electroacupuncture is to increase the effect of the needles through the addition of an electrical impulse. It is thought the electrical impulse is able to stimulate more powerfully a larger area than just the needle itself. It is also suggested that certain electrical frequencies may induce the release beneficial chemicals (eg enkephalins and dynorphins) which regulate pain perception in the body.
Our Acupuncturists are located at the Wellwest Clinic, 31 Lincoln Road in Henderson, West Auckland. Call 838 0631