Practised as Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain.
It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system and brain and its known modes of action treats local nerve sites with many other central nervous system effects.
In our practice it is used to treat many severe pain states that bring relief to the area treated and calms and relaxes the whole nervous system. This improves sleep, eases anxiety and stress. Electroacupuncture has been found to improve mobility and strength in limited or stiff joints, weakened muscle strength and is also used in stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases.
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