Electro-Acupuncture Medicine (EAM)
South Jersey Sports Acupuncture is certified to practice electro-acupuncture medicine (EAM). Acupuncture therapy with electrical stimulation (also called E-stim) is the art of sending a tiny electric current through acupuncture needles (the needles are inserted at traditional acupuncture points along the meridians). When used appropriately, electrical current makes the needle stimulation more effective.
EAM Enhances Acupuncture
Electro-Acupuncture Medicine is basically adding gentle electrical currents to traditional acupuncture treatments. When the proper current, frequency, and dosage are applied, the treatment becomes much more effective. EAM coaxes the body to produce specific neuro-peptides. Beta endorphins, GABA, Serotonin, and many others can be produced by the body, when appropriate stimulation is applied. Advanced training is required for this modality.
In one study, researchers used EAM on patients with hip osteoarthritis. The participants were randomized into groups that either received EAM or took a prescription pain reliever/anti-inflammatory. Those who were treated with EAM experienced significantly greater improvement in joint pain alleviation, function, and range of motion compared with the medication recipients.
In another study, acupuncture therapy with E-stim reduced post-surgical pain. The day before undergoing heart surgery, patients received either electro-acupuncture or a sham treatment. After the operation, the electro-acupuncture group reported significantly lower pain intensity and required less pain medication than the control group.
EAM has been shown to restore damaged nerves. Patients with peripheral nerve damage and some loss of muscle function had a poor prognosis. After treatment with EAM, the majority of recipients regained some function or recovered completely.
What Does EAM Feel Like?
During the treatment, patients may feel a mild tingling or tapping sensation at the point of the needle’s insertion, although some people feel no sensation at all. If the treatment is applied to a large muscle or a knot in the muscle, the muscle may twitch or release. The treatment site may feel fatigued or sore the next day as the muscle fibers recover their natural strength.