Electroacupuncture is used to amplify the effects of needles in acupuncture points, trigger points, or “ashi” points where the patient feels pain or muscle tightness.
The technique involves attaching leads to acupuncture needles so a pulse can be delivered to the area. The sensation is of a tiny knocking in the muscle, which is never uncomfortable or painful, and which dissipates to feeling no sensation after about 10 minutes.
Electroacupuncture relaxes the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, increases blood flow, and speeds healing in the injured area.
We commonly use this technique for acute injury once the initial trauma has subsided, and for chronic pain or injury.