A fundamental part of Chinese medicine, traditional acupuncture entails the insertion of hair-thin needles along the body’s energy channels to stimulate energy flow and affect the body’s healing response. Acupuncture without needles is a term used to describe healing modalities that stimulate the same energy points without penetrating the skin. Because the application of heat or electrical stimulation is part of the acupuncture protocol, complementary and alternative therapies have adopted other ways of stimulating the acupuncture points without needles. Acupuncture points can be stimulated without the use of needles using the advanced Pointer–Excel stimulator. Dr. Stephen Cohen uses this non-needle device on small children and for people who want the effects of acupuncture without the use of needles.
Why Chose Needle-less ACUPUNCTURE?
Your Merrick chiropractor knows that fear of needles keeps some people from considering acupuncture treatment. People with blood disorders or people who take medications that thin the blood also may not be candidates for acupuncture with needles. Also, there is a small risk for infection or disease transmission through improper use of acupuncture needles.
Alternatives to needle acupuncture are widely used and are very effective. According to studies conducted by physiotherapist Anna Enblom at Linkoping University and the Vardal Institute in Sweden, patients who received a simulated acupuncture treatment responded as well as those who had needles inserted.
Healing time is decreased when a weak or microcurrent is applied to injured tissue. Recent research shows that Microcurrent stimulation works on a cellular level to promote healing, reduce pain, decrease inflammation and reduce muscle spasm. Professional athletes and their trainers maintain that such treatment has significantly reduced duration of sports injuries.