Individuals experiencing neck and back pain, migraines, and other ailments often find relief through acupuncture. This treatment is the ancient Chinese medicine practice of placing thin needles into the skin to stimulate pressure points and help blood flow. However, a modified, modern version called electroacupuncture is also gaining popularity. If you're interested in trying it, here's what to expect.

What Is Electroacupuncture?

Electroacupuncture, like the traditional treatment, involves placing thin needles into specific areas. However, they get set in each pressure point as opposed to one. A mild current will pass between the materials during the treatment, as they're attached with small clips to a device that generates continuous electrical impulses. This technology helps stimulate a larger area than a single needle.

What Does Treatment Entail?


When arriving for your appointment, the process will be similar to traditional acupuncture. You'll talk to a practitioner about the pain or symptoms you hope to alleviate. In turn, they will identify pressure points in the body that they want to stimulate to help with blood flow and balance within the nervous system. 

Next, two needles will be placed at each pressure point and attached to an electrical impulse device. Once connected, they remain in place as you sit for several minutes. After the designated amount of time, the practitioner will safely remove the needles. Mild bruising or bleeding can occur, but most patients can go about their day uninterrupted. 

What Are the Benefits?

Electroacupuncture stimulates a larger area, which means the placement of needles does not need to be as precise in order to provide relief. The electrical impulses can also amplify the results and offer relief faster. While a relatively new treatment plan, studies have found that electroacupuncture can be beneficial in treating arthritis, acute pain,  and nausea symptoms in chemotherapy patients


If you're interested in trying electroacupuncture to supplement medical support from your primary care physician, count on Avicenna Acupuncture & Lymphedema Clinic. Located in Denver, CO, this modern practice has provided personalized acupuncture and electroacupuncture treatment to residents across Arapahoe County since 2009. To schedule an appointment, call today at (303) 803-0675. Visit their website for more information on this holistic path for treating back and neck pain.