Electro-therapy was first combined with acupuncture in China in the 1950s. Electro-therapy is safe for long-term use and without known side-effects, and is now widely used in pain management and physical rehabilitation for non-pharmacologic pain control.
- Provokes strong pain control responses through release of the brain’s own opioid neurotransmitters (such as endorphins and enkephalins)–as strong as morphine after 30 minutes according to scientific research
- Interrupts pain/spasm cycles, and can facilitate the gains in joint range-of-motion crucial to physical rehabilitation
- Stimulates proprioceptive nerve fibers, resulting in muscle tension re-balancing and re-education of injured muscles
- Normalizes local blood flow and lymphatic drainage
- Speeds up cell metabolism, thus stimulating tissue repair and regeneration
Properly-applied, using neuro-anatomy as a basis for choosing stimulation locations and paramaters, electro-acupuncture is no more uncomfortable than manual stimulation of acupuncture needles to bring about pain relief.
7-star (“plum blossom”) and lancet acupuncture.
Superficial puncture with 7-star needles and lancets can be useful technique for treating bursitis, tendinitis, and chronic myofascial pain resistant to other needle types and techniques. Viewed from the perspective of neuro-anatomical acupuncture, 7-star needling can be considering a type of disruptive/proliferative acupuncture that can be combined with gua sha and active suction cupping for fast and powerful reduction of edema and inflammation and restoration of normal blood flow in injured muscles and fascia.
Electro-, 7-star and lancet acupuncture techniques are taught in the IAPM Program in Year 1 Modules 1-6 (Spine and Extremities) and in Year 2, Modules 10 and 11 (Myofascial Meridian Pain).