E-Stim and Electroacupuncture
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.
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.