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  • Jacqueline Marti, RA

Neurofunctional Acupuncture

Are you having pain without any relief? Is your pain due to a musculoskeletal condition, sports injury, car accident, post-surgical pain, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, or degenerative disease? Have you tried to improve your condition without success? Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, in combination with neurofunctional acupuncture, could be the solution. This technique uses your own body’s natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well-being.

What is Neurofunctional Acupuncture?

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique. Acupuncture needles are inserted into neurofunctional anatomical points and are stimulated either manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system. This works in situations of pain or any functional problems. Neuromodulation (the process by which nervous activity is regulated by way of controlling the physiological levels of several classes of neurotransmitters) occurs through neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms on multiple levels, namely: peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain stem, brain and cerebellum.

Neurofunctional Acupuncture: an Effective Approach to Treating Pain and Dysfunction

The three areas that make up the pyramid of movement function are: biomechanics, neurology and metabolism. For a person who is suffering from pain and dysfunction during movement the neurofunctional acupuncture treatment focuses will be on these three areas to achieve the best results.

If you are experiencing pain when you move as a result of chronic injuries it is often due to the nervous system not working properly and is not necessarily because of physical damage to the muscles, tendons or joints; although they may contribute to the pain. Dysfunction in the nervous system results in a disconnection between muscles and the central nervous system, causing not only pain but also weakness and the inability to move properly.

Research shows that pain is personal. It is a unique combination of dysfunction in the nervous system, confused sensory signals blended with complex emotions. The state of our joints, muscles and tendons cannot fully explain our symptoms, particularly with chronic pain. The contemporary neurofunctional acupuncture model explains the problem better. Sometimes the nervous system simply overreacts to normal stimuli because it is hyper-sensitized, resulting in an inappropriate perception of pain.

Electroacupuncture causes a release of neurotransmitter and neuropeptides into the peripheral and central nervous system to help block pain signals. In essence it resets your nervous system in order to stop overreacting to normal stimuli thus reducing pain.

Aside from pain management, electroacupuncture also affects some hormonal pathways, with studies showing positive results in the treatment of a variety conditions outside of pain management, such as gynaecological problems, infertility and erectile function.

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