If you are suffering from chronic pain in Salt Lake City, Life Health Medical Center can provide alternative treatments from pain medications. Auricular neurostimulator was inspired by traditional Chinese acupuncture, however, it uses modern technology to capitalize on the presence of cranial nerve endings that are only accessible by the ear. Electrical stimulation of the nerve endings provide reduced perception of pain, causing the body to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. The stimulation and release of endorphins increase blood flow to the infected tissues, allowing for the reduction in pain.
How it Works
When you meet with our certified medical professionals, they will diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment method. They use a electrodiagnostic stylus which checks for acoustic and visual signals to identify heightened nerve sensitivity on the outer ear. Once each hot spot has been identified, they will use the neurostimulator on those specific areas.
The neurostimulator includes a 2 millimeter titanium acupuncture needle that is placed into the hot spots previously identified. They then attach the needles to thin wires where a small electrical device provides stimulation. Patients normally feel results within a few days, many patients report drastic improvement in pain relief within a few weeks. On average patients will wear the neurostimulator for fourteen days on and seven days off. The stimulation occurs in three hour intervals, for four continuous days. At the end of the fourteenth day, the unit is removed. Most patients will wear a neurostimulator for approximately 10-12 weeks depending upon the severity of their pain.
Does Neurostimulation Therapy Work?
Our medical professionals provide patients with neurostimulation services to reduce the dependency on painkillers and prescription medications. They find that neurostimulation not only provides pain relief, it helps many people avoid surgery and other invasive procedures. At Life Health Medical Center, it is our goal to provide patients with the best treatment methods available. For more information about neurostimulation, contact our Salt Lake Medical Office today, 801.997.8881.