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Electroacupuncture is Acupuncture that involves placing a mild electrical current, much like a  Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit, on selected needles. It provides even more stimulation to tight tender muscle fibers than traditional acupuncture, for a period of usually 15 minutes. Traditionally the acupuncturist would manually move the needle in different ways to stimulate the release of the muscle. This manual stimulation is still done by Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, and it tends to feel very big to patients. Electroacupuncture is used as an alternative to manual stimulation.

What does Electroacupuncture help with?

Electroacupuncture is used on a variety of different symptoms and health issues, like 

  • Those suffering from arthritis pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle Pain and Muscle knots
  • Tendon and Ligament injuries
  • Sports related Injuries
  • Chronic pain

What does an Electroacupuncture Session look like?

Electroacupuncture is performed by an acupuncturist. Depending on your treatment center, your session may look similar to this: 

  • To begin, your acupuncturist will chat with you and get a good idea of what your symptoms are. 
  • Range of motion, manual muscle tests, palpation and other appropriate hands on tests will be performed to narrow down the areas that need to be treated. 
  • Then, your practitioner will let you know what your treatment plan will be. 
  • When the first session begins, you’ll be seated on the table and your practitioner will make the space comfortable for you. They’ll insert the appropriate needle.
  • The electrodes are connected to the needles and they’re hooked up to a electroacupuncture machine. 
  • Your practitioner will then turn the machine on, and explain the sensations you will likely feel. At first, the intensity your practitioner uses will be low and it will go up from there. Any adjustments that need to be made regarding intensity will be made based on your feedback.
  • Once the correct, comfortable intensity is achieved the session will last 15-20 minutes.

Does Electroacupuncture Hurt?

Electroacupuncture should never hurt. First of all, the electricity isn’t acting directly on you. As discussed above everything will be explained and the intensity will never be more than you are comfortable with.  Most people feel some vibration and tingling, but no pain. Many patients remark about how it feels good almost like a massage.

How Effective is Electroacupuncture Treatment?

It is believed that electroacupuncture can help with different ailments and issues, including the following:

  • Relieving acute and short-term pain 
  • Eliminate Muscle knots
  • Lengthening and loosening muscle fibers.

Who Shouldn’t do Electroacupuncture?

Electroacupuncture is very safe when done by a skilled provider. However, there are certain people that shouldn’t do electroacupuncture. Here they are: 

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have heart disease
  • If you have a pacemaker
  • If you have epilepsy
  • If you have experienced seizures

Electroacupuncture: The Bottom Line

Electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture are closely related. Electroacupuncture is different because it involves the use of an electrical current to stimulate the muscle fibers. Electroacupuncture is meant to enhance the effects of traditional acupuncture. It is said to help with ailments like arthritis and acute pain. Your acupuncture practitioner can incorporate electroacupuncture into your session to maximize your results.

How can you find Electroacupuncture in Raleigh, North Carolina?

If you’re searching for a practitioner who provides electroacupuncture in  Raleigh, North Carolina, you’ll want to find someone with experience, qualifications, and compassion. Look no further than Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center. Our goal since 2010 has been to provide quality and compassionate acupuncture and other holistic services like Dry Needling, Guasha, Tuina Massage, Stretching, Cupping, and Orthopedic Movements in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas. Much like the balance that acupuncture and electroacupuncture provide for your body, we provide our patients with balanced care: the highest quality healthcare, while at the same time focusing on compassionate services that treat you, the patient, with holistic, individualized treatment.

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Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center for all of your Electroacupuncture needs

Hi, I’m Jim Eleczko, the founder of Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center and it’s my mission to provide you with compassionate, whole-person care using holistic treatments, including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and Tuina Massage. I’m a board-certified and licensed Acupuncturist practicing since 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love that I get to wake up every day to make meaningful changes in my patient’s lives. I’ve seen first hand the changes that Acupuncture can make. As a teen I suffered from allergies and my father suggested that I try Acupuncture to calm the symptoms. It worked – and left a lasting impression on me! Now I offer Acupuncture and other treatments to help people with a variety of issues, including anxiety, migraines, fibromyalgia, and more. Our treatments include Dry Needling, Guasha, Cupping, Stretching, Orthopedic Movements, Electroacupuncture and Therapeutic Exercises. 

Here’s a bit more about me and my qualifications: I studied the 4-year program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and continue to travel multiple times a year to study with my mentor, Andrew Nugent-Head. I also studied under Dr. Ed Garbacz, M.D. LAc and spent a year working and studying under Dr. Bonnie Walker, M.D. LAc. I have also done extensive post-graduate studies in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine from lectures of acupuncturists like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Matt Callison, and Edward Obaidey

Get in touch with me by calling (919) 260-4104. I’d be happy to answer your questions and get you booked for an appointment today!