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Should I Try E-stim with Acupuncture?

(Photo of me getting treated with E-stimulation therapy and acupuncture needles).

What E-stim Is Used For:

 

Why Get E-stim?

  • Relieves Pain
  • Increases R.O.M.
  • Improves Circulation
  • Relieves Numbness/ Tingling
  • Relieves Muscle cramping/ spasm

E-stimulation with acupuncture works to help improve circulation of Qi and Blood after acute injury such as shin splints or after surgery such as knee or hip replacement surgery. Many hospitals use acupuncture after surgery for this reason.

  • Improves Sensory/ Mobility Issues
  • Quicker Healing Time w/ Injury
  • Quicker Post- Surgery Recovery
  • Improves overall Quality of Life (QOL) in Patients

 

Where is e-stim applied to the body?

  • Head/ Neck/ Shoulders
  • Back
  • Arms/ Hands
  • Hips/ Buttock
  • Legs/ Feet

Sciatica pain and Neuropathy patients often find added relief when E-stimulation therapy is added to their Acupuncture treatment.

Which Types of Shoulder Pain Is Acupuncture Good For?

When is e-stim used?

  • Relieve Pain
  • Improve ROM
  • Improve Impaired Nerve Sensation/ Feeling

Many Patients with Rotator cuff injury and overuse injury of the shoulder respond well to E-stimulation therapy.

Explanation of HOW E-stim Works Here

 

Who Gets E-Stim Acupuncture?

  • Athletes
  • Neuropathy Patients
  • Joint Pain Patients
  • Sciatica Patients
  • Post-op Patients
  • Acute/ Chronic Pain Sufferers

How Acupuncture Helps Joint Pain

 

Often patients with Neuropathy complain of lack of feeling in the hands/ feet and find themselves dropping objects such as a cup of coffee. Some are afraid to hold their pets or grandchildren for fear of dropping them. Some complain of impaired fine motor skills in the fingers, such as difficulty changing a watch battery and find that acupuncture with e-stimulation therapy helps them to re-gain feeling to the fingertips in order do these simple tasks once again. 

Some experience Neuropathy in the feet and may fall down due to lack of sensation in the toes. Do not wait until this progresses up the legs. 

Acupuncture with E-stim therapy helps improve the Quality of Life (QOL) in many patients with diagnosed Neuropathy.

Is Your Leg Pain Due to Sciatica?

 

What it Treats:

 

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 such as Migraine headaches and Back 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.

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

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

 

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

 

 

Is This Sciatica Pain?

Sciatic pain is usually unilateral pain or pain felt on one side only. Sciatic pain involves low back pain and can start in the low back, sacrum and buttocks, traveling from there to the front, side or back of the leg. From there the pain can travel all the way down to the ankle. Sciatic pain can also include numbness or pins and needles sensation.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to the back pain, leg pain and hip pain felt on one side which is caused by the Sciatic nerve which becomes inflamed. Inflammation in the sciatic nerve usually starts after trauma to the body, such as a fall, incorrectly lifting or twisting, extra weight of pregnancy or after surgery. Sciatica basically involves nerve entrapment whereby the inflammation around the nerve causes less room for the nerve to move freely within the muscle and the nerve ultimately becomes entrapped.

Other problems can cause sciatic pain, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Sedentary lifestyle (sitting too long)
  • Diabetes

Can Acupuncture Help Sciatic Pain?

Yes, acupuncture is very good at treating and resolving back pain, hip pain and leg pain and numbness due to sciatica and the National Institute of Health (N.I.H.) recognizes that acupuncture treats sciatic pain and back pain.

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

How many Acupuncture treatments are needed for Sciatic Pain?

As with any main complaint, the severity and how long the pain has been going on will determine how many treatments of acupuncture will resolve sciatic pain. Typically, the longer or more chronic something is, the more treatments it will take. Acute or more recent onset usually resolves in less treatments. On average, acute (recent) issues resolve within 4-6 acupuncture treatments and chronic (longer-standing) issues may take more treatments.

How soon will I notice results with Acupuncture?

You should see significant improvement in sciatic pain within 3-4 treatments of acupuncture.

When to see a Doctor

  • Loss of bowel or bladder function!
  • Weakness or lack of sensation
  • Pain or numbness after trauma

Great Yoga Pose for Sciatica…

Fire Log is a great sitting yoga stretch for Sciatica pain and Piriformis Syndrome that opens-up the hips and tight piriformis muscles (where sciatic nerve is often entrapped).

Acupuncture is a useful medical treatment for low back pain and numbness due to Sciatica.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school. Read more about Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc 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, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS.

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.

 

Acupuncture Treats Pain (in Anoka, MN)

Acupuncture is excellent for treating all kinds of pain, and commonly treats headache, migraine, neck pain, back pain, knee and joint pain. Aleesha has had a close relationship with pain for much of her life. This helps her empathize with her patients. Read her bio here.

 

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in Anoka

Many patients have chronic (long-term) issues including chronic pain. Acupuncture treats pain due to diagnosed disease or known causes such as auto accidents, congenital (since birth) as well as pain due to unknown cause or syndromes, such as Fibromyalgia with joint and muscle pain which moves around and pain which may come and go.

 

Acupuncture for Acute Pain

Acupuncture also treats acute (short-term) pain such as sprains and strains, muscle tension and back pain.

 

Acupuncture for General Pain

Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka treats pain from past injury, overuse injury, accident or trauma, as well as new pain from more recent (acute) onset, such as auto accident injury causing migraine headaches, neck pain and back pain in Anoka.

 

Acupuncture for Pain Caused by…

Acupuncture can treat pain from a new or old sports injury, repetitive stress injury pain, pain from a new or old auto accident injury, pain from inflammation, nerve entrapment pain and numbness, congenital pain (since birth), pain inherited due to genetic cause, pain from diagnosed disease, condition or syndrome, or even pain of unknown cause.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

This is a safe, non-medication (non-habit forming) treatment for pain. Needles are FDA-approved and single-use only.

Acupuncture is considered a medical treatment. This is why licensed acupuncturists must pay a state medical tax.

To ensure your safety, be sure to ask if the acupuncturist is licensed (not merely certified) before making your first acupuncture medical appointment. Do not risk it.

Read more about Why Acupuncture is Safe on the FAQ’s Page

Stay tuned for next week’s blog on Shingles

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha D Ackerman is a Board Certified acupuncturist, licensed under the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Aleesha treats low mood and energy using acupuncture, TCM diet and other lifestyle recommendations when appropriate to you as an individual.

She specializes in Women’s health treating patients with Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Depression, Endometriosis, Auto Immune Disease such as Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid Disease and syndromes such as Fibromyalgia.

 

Discover what it feels like to have lasting pain relief.

Schedule your acupuncture treatment with Aleesha today.

 

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 Acupuncturists Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Blaine, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Maple Grove, Osseo, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Spring Lake Park and Ramsey, MN 55303.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55434, 55449, 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 and Minneapolis area.