Electro-Stimulation Therapy

Electro-stimulation therapy, also known as electrotherapy or electric muscle stimulation, was developed by french neurologist Guillaume Duchenne in 1855. Duchenne discovered using alternating currents on patients with nervous or muscular disorders.

Electro-stimulation therapy can be used in traditional Chinese medicine to assist in relief of both chronic and acute pain, as well as, speed up the healing time for damaged tissues. This method of therapy utilizes electrical frequencies and waveforms. It is believed that the stimulation of electrical pulses may inhibit the transmission of pain signals to nerves, this is in addition to the stimulation of pain relieving natural endorphins that are released. The muscle tissue is also fatigued from the electrical pulses, which releases tension and increases blood flow to the damaged area.

There are three common forms of electro-stimulation therapy:

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Interferential Current (IFC)
  • Galvanic Stimulation (GS)

ElectroStimulation Acupuncture

Each of these forms produces different waveforms, frequencies and effects, but each form uses a similar practice of delivering deliver stimulation directly through the skin to nerves and muscles. However, we use a battery-operated stimulating device, usually called a "TENS unit", that connects directly to the acupuncture needles to provide extra benefits to your treatment.

Electro-therapy helps to alleviate the following ailments:

  • Reduces intensity of muscle spasms
  • Improves range of motion in joints due to arthritis or other injuries
  • Treats neuromuscular dysfunction by increasing strength, motor control and blood flow, as well as slows muscle atrophy
  • Speeds up tissue repair by stimulating microcirculation, as well as enhances connective and dermal tissue health
  • Reduces swelling by speeding up the body's rate of absorbing fluids
  • Increases muscle strength

A frequently asked question is whether this type of therapy is painful. Our resounding answer is no. In fact, many patients find it relaxing, and the sensation has been compared to that of receiving a massage.

Please contact us today to set up you appointment or view our Services list to learn more about the cost and process of receiving Electro-Stimulation Therapy along with Acupuncture.