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How Does E-Stim Work with Acupuncture to Decrease Pain and Numbness/ Tingling Sensation?

At a patient’s request, I decided to answer the question of how e-stim works with acupuncture on today’s post.

 

Later on we’ll answer the Why/ Where/ When/ Who & What of E-stim with Acupuncture.

 

For now, let’s answer the How of  E-stimulation Therapy…

E-stimulation uses electrical current to cause effect on the tissue being treated.

Often a person’s first experience with e-stim is a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation) unit is with a physical therapist who uses it with pads instead of needles.

To ensure your safety, be sure to always get acupuncture from a LICENSED acupuncturist, just as you would bring your car to a mechanic and your child to a licensed care provider.  

E-stim Action:

  • Stimulating the Muscles to Contract
  • Stimulating Nerves (to decrease pain)
  • Stimulating Nerves (to “wake-up” sensation)
  • Increasing blood flow circulation (speeds-up healing)
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Decreasing Pain
  • Decreasing Spasticity
  • Activate Brainstem & Spinal Cord

Other Issues E-stim Treats:

How Acupuncture Can Help TBI Patients

Increasing blood circulation by using e-stimulation with acupuncture helps speed up healing time and lower inflammation.

E-stim for Acute (early onset) Trauma:

E-stim lowers pain & swelling caused by the body trying to repair itself. Sometimes the body gets in its own way of healing when the swelling and inflammation lasts too long, causing pain and discomfort. 

E-stim works by stimulating larger nerve fibers to override the smaller nerve fibers which are producing the pain. The “Gate” theory is often used to explain how this pain inhibition works, though it is over-simplified for the complexity of how pain and pain blocking actually works.

 

E-stim for Severe, Chronic Pain:

E-stim works on Severe, Chronic pain by…

  • Activating Central Nervous System (CNS) 
  • Activating beta-Endorphins (Analgesic/ Pain-relieving effect)
  • Activating Enkephalins & Orpahnins (Endorphins which Bind to Opioid receptors to reduce pain/ stress)

 

Tips:

  1. Avoid the Exercise or Activity that aggravates the pain for a few days and rest.
  2. See a doctor anytime you feel Pain which is Severe with Sudden onset.
  3. Avoid E-stim if Pregnant or have an implantable device such as a pacemaker (your practitioner should do a complete medical intake to avoid contraindications of treatment).

Now, You Can Find Out About the Why/ Where/ When/ Who & What of E-stim with Acupuncture Here!

 

Thanks for reading!

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating Pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and low libido.

 Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Aleesha treats Chronic Pain and Women’s Health successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

 

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain (Pain and Women’s Health near Andover, MN)

Acupuncture Treats Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is relieved with acupuncture, whether due to overuse injury or wear and tear injury, such as rotator cuff injury with the consequence of decreased range of motion.

Acupuncture treats pinched or entrapped nerve such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or Cervical Radiculopathy with numbness or pins and needles sensation.

Types of Shoulder Pain Acupuncture Can Treat

This is because acupuncture is good at treating all types of pain, including all types of shoulder pain. Acupuncture treats shoulder pain due to many root causes; overuse injury, nerve entrapment, auto injury, arthritis, or due to long-term mobilization of arm post-surgery (shoulder stabilized with a sling or cast).

Types of Pain in General that Acupuncture Treats 

Acupuncture treats pain due to inflammation and blocked qi (stagnated energy or circulation). It can help with inflammation after surgery or injury.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

What is NOT Fixed by Acupuncture

However, acupuncture does not repair structural issues, such as broken bones or snapped or severed tendons. Acupuncture should never be used in place of emergency medical care or necessary surgery. There have been many instances where patients or prospective patients have approached me to “fix” such structural issues and I, of course have referred them back to the surgeon/ specialist before they get to the point of no return, i.e., damaged tendons or progressive nerve damage.

Acupuncture, Pain, Inflammation and Range of Motion

Acupuncture, can however help repair an injury more quickly by bringing in fresh qi and blood (improving circulation) in the area. For example, acupuncture can help heal scar tissue after injury or surgery by breaking up the scar tissue to improve sensation and mobility or range of motion to the site.

How Soon Should You Notice Results with Acupuncture?

Typically, acupuncture should improve pain within three treatments. More may be needed for significant improvement, especially if the pain or issue has been around longer (chronic).

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist who owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health issues. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and became interested in Acupuncture and holistic healing when acupuncture helped relieve her daily chronic pain she endured for almost two decades after a semi-truck accident in high school left her with debilitating migraines. Read more about Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, mood imbalance and low libido.

Call 763-762-7142 to schedule an acupuncture appointment at Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.