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What is electro acupuncture and how does it work?

What is electro acupuncture and how does it work?

The term electro acupuncture might evoke images of harsh medical procedures, but it’s actually a gentle and soothing therapy. At Thrive Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, professional acupuncturists administer electro acupuncture using delicate electric stimulation on fine acupuncture needles. This therapy is popular among athletes and those seeking to enhance their wellness.

Thrive offers a range of therapies, including electro acupuncture, dry needling, and traditional acupuncture, for sports recovery. Clients visiting their Belmar and Freehold offices benefit from the expertise of certified acupuncturists like Clint Price and Thrive’s founder, AJ Adamczyk.

The Basics of Electro Acupuncture

Electro acupuncture combines traditional Chinese acupuncture with modern sports recovery technology. It can target specific muscles or areas of pain and stiffness or be part of a holistic wellness plan. This therapy merges traditional acupuncture with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), commonly used by athletes for recovery. Electro acupuncture, or Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS), delivers stimulation below the skin to expedite healing.

According to AJ Adamczyk, "You’ll hear the tapping and buzzing during electro acupuncture. It’s pretty comfortable and makes for a relaxing session... The repetitive buzz brings about more of a rhythmic state."

Other Related Therapies

  • Ashi Acupuncture: Comparable to a full-body massage, it targets ashi points or distal points on the body to restore balance and heal chronic diseases.
  • Dry Needling: More aggressive than electro acupuncture, it targets specific points of pain or injury and involves manual manipulation of the needle for deeper stimulation.

Clint Price explains, “Electro acupuncture helps interact with your nervous system to allow athletes to recover faster, mitigate pain, and get back on the field sooner.”

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Benefits of Electro Acupuncture

Pain Relief

Electro acupuncture effectively targets chronic pain, including neck and back pain, and can be part of a wellness routine to prevent injuries.

Faster Healing

It enhances blood circulation, oxygenation of muscles, and reduces soreness, promoting quicker recovery. It also triggers tissue and nerve regeneration through natural stem cell production.

Stress Reduction

This therapy reduces stress by regulating the central nervous system, lowering cortisol levels, improving mood, and enhancing sleep quality.

Increased Mental Clarity & Focus

Electro acupuncture can relieve headaches, boost serotonin, and improve cognition and digestion.

Electro Acupuncture Side Effects

While generally safe and relaxing, electro acupuncture may cause mild, short-lived pain at needle sites, swelling, bruising, or tenderness. Rarely, patients might experience dizziness, nausea, or headaches. Patients with certain conditions, like epilepsy or a pacemaker, should consult their healthcare provider before undergoing electro acupuncture.

Choosing Electro Acupuncture Over Living with Pain

Living with pain can severely limit activities and increase the risk of further injury. Instead of relying on pain-numbing drugs, electro acupuncture offers a natural, effective solution for pain relief and healing, promoting a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.

Book Electro Acupuncture Sessions at Thrive Spine & Sports Rehab

AJ Adamczyk, Clint Price, and Aaron Park are licensed acupuncturists at Thrive’s Belmar and Freehold locations. At Thrive, electro acupuncture is performed by certified professionals, ensuring the highest standard of care.

Thrive’s Approach to Electro Acupuncture

Thrive integrates electro acupuncture into holistic therapy plans to address pain, stiffness, and discomfort at their source, combining traditional and modern techniques for optimal patient outcomes.


  1. What is electro acupuncture?

    • Electro acupuncture enhances blood flow and stimulates natural healing processes by feeding electrons into acupuncture needles.
  2. Where did electro acupuncture come from?

    • It originated from traditional acupuncture and TENS, evolving into PENS to provide deeper stimulation for faster healing.
  3. How is electro acupuncture therapy performed?

    • Fine acupuncture needles are connected to electrodes, creating a comfortable, rhythmic tapping and buzzing sensation.
  4. What ailments can electro acupuncture heal?

    • It effectively treats lower back and neck pain, among other conditions.
  5. How long does electro acupuncture take to work?

    • Typically, patients undergo 6-12 sessions, twice per week, to achieve significant pain relief and recovery.
  6. What are the physical and mental benefits of electro acupuncture?

    • Benefits include pain relief, faster healing, stress reduction, and improved mental clarity and focus.
  7. What is the difference between electro acupuncture and dry needling?

    • Electro acupuncture uses gentle electrical stimulation, while dry needling involves more aggressive manual needle manipulation.
  8. What is ashi acupuncture?

    • Ashi acupuncture targets ashi points to restore balance and treat diseases, addressing energy stagnation in the body.

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