Acupuncture & Neurological Disorders
Acupuncture is often used with electrical stimulation in treating nerve conditions, is very efficient at relieving the pain and building up the normal function. There are several ways this is thought to work, all of which have been carefully researched. Acupuncture activates the brain to release chemicals (neurotransmitters and opioids) into the body that reduce sensitivity to pain and normalize the nervous system. Acupuncture activates nerve receptors that decrease or "gate-out" (like a gate being closed) pain signals. Acupuncture with electrical stimulation interrupts the pain signal granting the nerve to calm down thereby reducing pain. Acupuncture boosts the number of endorphins in the body and focuses them on the concerned areas. These natural chemicals shorten inflammation that can cause, or be a result of, nerve pain. Acupuncture promotes actual healing by modifying the body's electrical system to allow the transfer of material and electrical energy between natural and injured tissue thereby reducing the amount of recovery time.