My last session of acupuncture was actually ‘electroacupuncture’, which has only recently come into use. Some say it dated back to the 1800s but others say its was discovered by a Japanese scientist in 1940s who was interested in finding out how to heal bone fractures more quickly.

The difference between acupuncture and electroacupuncture is not that much really as the same points are stimulated during your treatment and put on specific points along your body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously. It can also be done without needles which is probably the biggest difference between the two.

When I had my last session of electroacupuncture it really stirred my pain up and to be honest with you it put me of having any more treatment as the last thing I wanted was more pain rather than less pain.

Over the last three months I have been having one session a month with my Physiotherapist who has given me a few exercises to do and also done some manipulation but when I went for my treatment yesterday she asked me if I would like some acupuncture for a change.

This time the difference was totally amazing. I was sooooo relaxed I could have fallen asleep during the treatment, I needed no extra medication yesterday and for the first time in a long time I could nearly turn my head to the right without pain. I slept incredibly well last night and have been without pain in my neck today and again can nearly turn my head right without pain and stiffness. This is quite a big deal for me as I have had to neck fusion surgeries and have a plate in my neck which causes a lot of stiffness especially turning to my right.

I can’t wait for my next treatment which unfortunately will be my last of the six sessions she has with me but I can request some acupuncture with her when I go back to the pain clinic. The trouble with that is that it can take months before I go back to her and not weeks. I’ll just have to enjoy my pain free time while I can.:):)



    • Oh,malakeas – if only could last, i’ve had a really bad day today, the pain in my feet has nearly brought me to tears and I have no idea what I have done to trigger it off. Sick to death of pain.


  1. My GP (2 Chinese ones) have lways used that form of acupuncture..the needles witha curtrent, althouh depending on the complaint and location and sensitivity at times only needles are used- and yes, it ALWAYS workd (been using for over I don’t know 8 years?) Yes I become pain free and yes it can be a pewrmanent cure almost after a period. usually one needs to go back occasionally as it gradually improves each time. Fixed up my back.. OK still get twinges, but almost
    shoulders fixed, jaw..not had a lot as the most sensitive part, but improved, knees- helpful, right knee almost there, left kneee improved. Highly recommded.
    They usually take months with treatment say twice w eek, as I travel 600km to get there, its daily for me for a couple of weeks.. and yes the pain does tend to get worse for the first few treatments sometimes


    • It is fantastic tea lady but the trouble is I need it in more than one area of my body. Today has been a terrible day of pain in my feet, no idea what has triggered this off but both feet have nearly reduced me to pain so I do get sick to death of it. Thanks for your comment 🙂


    • Thanks gill, I wish I could have it more often but with needing it in so many areas I dread to think how much time and cost it would be. I’ve had a terrible day of pain today in my feet. Really felt low about it today which isn’t me, I guess I just get sick to death of it and I can’t think what I have done to trigger off so much pain.


      • You mean my pain gone pen, yep tried that and it didn’t touch it. C came home from his voluntary job helping out at the local hospital to find me on the settee with a bean bag wrapped round my foot, my pain pen in action, pain killers and drinks round me instead of finding me asleep in bed. Only in the last half an hour has it finally stopped throbbing, its a dam good job nature soon makes your forget what pain your in as I’m fine again now. The only thing that I could think might have triggered it off today was me carrying two pints of milk and some fruit to the car after weight watchers, thats all i can think of. Anyway I’m comfy again at the mo, just hope it doesnt come back in the night as I’ve got a while before I can take any more medication. Thanks for your thoughts :):)


  2. Now thatÂ’s good newsÂ…..Whoopee:)

    Before leaving Britain, just over ten years ago, I went to my GP (almost my first visit) for a good check up and to see if he could do anything for a couple of existing problems, one being ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’, he couldn’t, but advised me to see one of the other Docs in the practice, a Chinaman that does acupuncture. This was a bit of a surprise to me, as the practice was in a coal-mining town and didn’t expect such ‘alternatives’ there. After three double appointments my ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’ had gone, and is only just now coming back!
    We’ve found another excellent acupuncturist, not too far from where we live now, she does thing the old fashioned way, no electrics, and she can get rid of my back pain long enough for me to train for and do the local 10k fun run, for charity :)And at €15 a time, I think I need my head examining, because I don’t go more frequently!


    NB Barmac, many more sessions like that, and you might find yourself in films like ‘The Exorsist’!!!!


  3. Wow Puff that is an amazing price for a session of acupuncture. I wish I could afford loads more but need it in so many areas. Like today I’ve been in agony with foot pain, I have no idea what has triggered it off but I’ve not had it this bad for a while so the relief from my neck pain has gone out of the window now. Its quite frustrating really as I have so many areas of my body that need treatment. Thanks for your comment. Keep up the good work with the running. My two children both run half marathons and we always go and watch them. I think the atmosphere at them is amazing. 🙂


  4. Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cure by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

    Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no “Acupoints(???)” can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

    Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a 4,610 years old micro surgical tool, etc, . even before Yellow Explorer ruling China.

    For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer’s time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.
    Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called “DE Qi/Chi” (Arrival of OxyÂ’Blood—needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced, else diseases canÂ’t be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

    “An acupuncture is bad science”. not much can be expected in 4,610 years ago, good science & resources only available from 1850AD such great scientists: Heinrich Hertz in 1887, Albert Einstein in 1905.
    Since 2005 acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem science
    such as my E² Acupuncture is a new scientific proven, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated, use single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper “Acupoints(???)” and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments.
    No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patient cans comfortably having a cup tea/coffee.

    Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(五行), Five Changes(五变) and Five Shu/Transports(五输/通) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

    Plantar fasciitis or any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cure by acupuncture. I have my PF cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last one was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back.

    E² Acupuncture is a new scientific proven, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated

    check/click on my site (you can send to any one of my site)
    or more help below sites

    Sciatica update (loc: buttock & 5 inches down, 2 spots).
    treated on 30th/10/2011.
    12 days after and feedback:

    “Been feeling the slight tenderness in the area where the needle were inserted. Felt my legs is tired but not the numbness.” (50% pain relief, 100% no numbness)

    5 weeks Later (email on 4th/11/2011):
    “Seems to be fine, slight tenderness but definitely better than before” (now 90% cure)

    why pain relief if it can be so easily cured.
    and the cost of curing it is so much less then a pair of PF shoes and not to mention others, .



  5. In 2001, published Hendrik Sch..’s scientific scandal can only fool you a year or 2. But not to the scientific facts and so as acupuncture. It can’t fool you for 4610+ years long. simply because of languages barriers have mislead, . .

    Below another evidence since E² acupuncture science online.
    S/He shop around and now Pain free, ..

    from http://www.examiner.com/holistic-science-spirit-in-national/new-scientific-breakthrough-proves-why-acupuncture-works?fb_comment=16922196

    Anonymous 1 week ago

    I never thought acupunture worked, being a skeptic and never seeing any evidence, I had it once before and it didnt work for the condition I had. I recently reluctantly tried it on the urging of a friend at a free birthing clinic in a developing country. I found the acupuncturists to be very knowlegable about my condition which is Hashimotos. And they stuck the needles in deep this time, unlike the last time I had it. That was two months ago. I had been severedly fatigued everyday at the same time for a year without missing a day, and 24-48 hours after the treatment, I was not experiencing any fatigue. Its been 2 months without any fatigue, I would say it was either a miracle or it really does work. The quality may vary with practitioners I have guessed, make sure the needles go deep, you should feel a pressure feeling and a paralysis feeling. You will be unable to move for the duration of the treatment. Even while getting the treatment I was thinking this will not work!! And they moxibusted on the needles to, which gave off a lot of smoke, and I was even more skeptical, hating the idea of smoke for health. But by geez it worked, I still cant beleive it. There is so much we dont know, so much knowlege has been lost, just think of all the wars that are going on now, multiply that times 5,000 years and think of of all the things that were destroyed in the chaos. Hell, maybe god even exists….

    For latest scientific facts update, please check/click on my site
    or google it with JamesChongPainFree google sites


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