E-Stim and Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture, also called PENS, E-Stim, EMS, or NMES.

We now offer E-Stim! E-Stim, or electric stimulation, is also called electroacupuncture, NMES, EMS, or PENS.

Interested in how E-Stim can help you? Schedule a regular acupuncture session on our booking page, and discuss E-Stim with your practitioner.

What Is E-Stim? What Does It Do?

Electroacupuncture is a wonderful treatment for both athletes and chronic pain sufferers.

During the acupuncture treatment, electrodes are attached to some (not all) of the acupuncture needles. A small current runs through those needles, creating a mild tingling sensation.

The electric stimulation allows chronically tight muscles to finally relax. This relieves muscle spasm immediately; since the effect is deep in the connective tissue, the effect lasts longer than with other therapies like TENS,  Swedish massage, or muscle relaxant pills.

The electrical stimulation also re-educates the muscles and connective tissue, improving tissue recovery. Muscles recover more quickly with the proper stimulation, which is wonderful for athletes.

Pain relief is the most significant effect of E-Stim. E-Stim is similar to the dry needling techniques provided by chiropractors and physical therapists, but there are differences. Dry needling is very muscle-focused; it can provide relief, but is usually described as uncomfortable.

However, our acupuncturist, Alexis, uses a technique that ensures that you are not sore at all after your E-Stim treatment! Alexis is fully trained in E-Stimulation, ensuring your safety and comfort before, during, and after your acupuncture treatment.

What’s the Difference between E-Stim and a TENS unit?

Terms and Definitions:

E-Stim: Electric Stimulation

NMES: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

EMS: Electrical Muscle Stimulation

PENS: Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

The above three all refer to electrical stimulation under the skin. Small electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles in the desired area, creating a tingling sensation.

PENS, EMS, NMES, or electro acupuncture help relieve pain and muscle spasm, and improve tissue recovery.

TENS units relieve pain, it is thought, by blocking pain signals in the skin.

TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. This occurs across the top of the skin. Electrodes are attached to patches that are applied to the desired area, creating a buzzing sensation.