Introducing Electo Stimulation with Dry Needling to kick start your healing

Introducing Electo Stimulation with Dry Needling to kick start your healing

November 18, 2022

We have discussed Dry needling and its benefits in a previous newsletters. But what would happen if we add an electric current to the needle? Why would I use electrical stimulation on Dry needles? I am so glad you asked!

Electro Stimulation in Dry Needling

Electro Dry needling is commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Strains, spasms, Cramps, Hypertonicity, Trigger Point, Bone Fractures
  • Arthritis, Sprains, Disc Pathologies, Joint
  • Restriction
  • Nerve damage
  • Pain

How does it work?

Electro Stimulation helps improve circulation of natural analgesic (endorphins and opioids) that reduces pain. Blood circulation is also stimulated, supporting the delivery of nutrients to the tissue, and speeds up the healing process.

The frequency, intensity, and mode of stimulation will differ depending on the reason for the treatment. Frequency is the most important of the three variables for several reasons:

Low frequency/high intensity – produces long term pain relief building up over several hours post treatment. A frequency of 10Hz during Electro Stimulation is excellent in targeting the motor fibers that are responsible for long term pain relief

High frequency/low intensity – fast acting, short term pain relief that blocks nerve pathways and prevents pain messages from traveling to the brain. It has a frequency of (80-100Hz) targeting sensory fibers.

The patient’s response depends on the frequency, intensity, and mode of delivery. Patients may experience twitching, contractions, numbness, tingling in the local regions. It may also give the effect of a deep sense of relaxation.

Why would I use electrical stimulation with Dry Needling

  • The results are more rapid & longer lasting.
  • It is readily controlled, standardized and objectively measured.
  • It will allow stronger, more continuous stimulation than Dry Needling produces less tissue damage.
  • Stimulation is less painful going through a joint compared to straight needling.

Reasons to avoid electric stimulation with Dry Needling

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have a pacemaker
  • If you have any Heart Condition
  • If you have decreased sensation

At Elite Muscle Recovery, electro stimulation treatment lasts about 8-12 minutes depending on the affected area. After your session you will be free to go about your usual activities.

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