Healing Elbow Injuries with Electroacupuncture

Healing Elbow Injuries with Electroacupuncture

Elbow injuries are commonplace in the workplace as a result of overuse leading to microtrauma and chronic inflammation.  For example, factory workers, carpenters, and manual laborers are at risk for developing tennis elbow as they tend to overuse their arms and hands.  Injury can also occur with a sudden, traumatic movement of the elbow or wrist such as carrying a heavy suitcase or opening a jar.  Therapies such as drugs, massage, blocking therapy, surgery and electroacupuncture are some of the options available to treat tennis elbow.  Electroacupuncture therapy is an application of electrical stimulus to metal handles of acupuncture needles in order to reduce muscle and nerve pain.

An interesting study came out this week looking into the effect of electroacupuncture on the nervous system, which can trigger tissue repair and help to manage pain related to injuries.  Electroacupuncture appears to stimulate the brain though the stimulus on the arm and the spinal cord, causing a release of stem cells into the bloodstream within two hours after treatment.  Researchers also noted an increase in a type of collagen that helps with tendon repair and anti-inflammatory cells that speed healing time.

Electroacupuncture is a great adjunct treatment to acupuncture to reduce recovery time and associated pain from injuries to the elbow.

To discover how electoacupuncture can help you recover faster, call the Madison Clinic at

416-222-8235 to book a FREE 15 minute consultation.

In Health,
Dr. Anna


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