Because acupuncture (and the related treatment acupressure) have been around for centuries, you might think there aren’t many developments in their usage. But there’s a technique that in recent years has gained in currency emphasis on current.
Electroacupuncture begins the same way "normal" acupuncture does: with the careful insertion of extremely small needles into key places along the body. But as the name suggests, the procedure differs from the traditional form with the application of a mild electric current, which pulses in short intervals for less than 30 minutes.
"I use most of the electroacupuncture for my patients with sports injuries and chronic muscle tension and pain," says Karim Harati-Zadeh, who specializes in the treatment of such injuries. "It works great for irritation in the shoulder, knee, hip, neck and back areas, including sciatica that does not respond to other forms of treatment."
Studies have also been done that show its effectiveness as an anesthetic and for treatment of neurological disorders.
Patients often experience a tingling sensation during treatment, but as the saying goes, that’s how you know it’s working.
Karim Harati-Zadeh, D.C., 3906 Lemmon Ave., Suite 214. 214-520-0092.
Arnold Wayne Jones
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice Body & Fitness print edition February 15, 2008