Your electroacupuncture treatment will start as a standard and traditional acupuncture session. The practitioner will carefully identify which acupuncture points to target and insert the needles accordingly.
To get the energy moving, some conditions then require the needles to be physically moved, twirled or manually manipulated by hand, sometimes for an extended period of up to 30 minutes. (normally 10-20 minutes)
Instead of hand manipulation, the practitioner may choose to use electro-acupuncture which stimulates the acupuncture points by sending a small electric current between two(2) needles. This is done by attaching the pair of needles to a device which generates a gentle, continuous, pulsating, electric current. The intensity can be controlled by reducing or increasing the electrical current.
The advantage of electroacupuncture is that the acupuncture points can be continuously and consistently stimulated, without the practitioner getting tired or distracted. Plus, the electrical pulses stimulate a larger area than just the needles used alone.
Acupuncture is useful when the energy is not flowing correctly within the body. For example, the energy may be stagnant, accumulated, weak or out of balance. Electroacupuncture may be used where it is hard to get, and then keep the energy moving. Or where there is a blockage of energy, which occurs with symptoms of chronic pain.
The small electrical current is not painful, and at most the patient may feel some mild tingling, or slight muscle twitching, depending on the site being treated.
Electroacupuncture is generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. It is not recommended for patients with pacemakers, and should be used cautiously for patients who have suffered from epilepsy or seizures. It is always advisable and essential to discuss your full medical history with the practitioner before commencing this procedure for the first time.