If you are seeking help for a musculoskeletal problem acupuncture can be extremely helpful.
Acupuncture can help to relax muscles, reduce inflammation and stimulate the realise of endorphins and by doing so may reduce the intensity and frequency of pain suffered, this musculoskeletal treatment also uses a combination of deep tissue massage and acupressure. Occasionally your acupuncturist may also feel you may benefit from the inclusion of electro-acupuncture as part of your treatment plan
What Does a Typical Treatment Involve?
After your acupuncturist has taken details of your medical history, medications prescribed and details of your musculoskeletal problem, a treatment plan will be devised and discussed with you in detail.
Your treatment will often begin with a deep tissue massage, incorporating acupressure before your treatment is concluded with the insertion of very fine needles into specific points, sometimes the needles are placed near to the area of pain or distal points can also be used which are located away from the problem area. Once inserted the needles remain in place for between 10 and 30 minutes.
What is Electro-Acupuncture?
Electro-acupuncture also known as (EA) it is a technique of acupuncture which utilizes electrical stimulation of needles. It is used as an effective treatment to treat both acute and chronic pain. It is thought that EA can increase sustained pain relief and increase tissue repair. Your Acupuncturist will carefully choose suitable and safe acupuncture points where the electrical current is to be applied between pairs of acupuncture needles.
Is Electro-Acupuncture Suitable For Me?
It is important that you let your acupuncturist know if any of the following apply to you:
- Pacemaker in situ
- Diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia
- Have impaired circulation
- Diagnosed with severe arterial disease
- Bleeding disorder
- Suffer from Epilepsy or have a history of unexplained convulsions
- Malignant tumours
- Have had any lymph nodes removed
- Have a fever, cold or feel unwell
- Skin lesions, rashes, dermatitis
- Metal piercing, implants or joints
If you do have any of the above or have any concerns as to whether a treatment is suitable for you please speak to your acupuncturist first.