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Acupuncture | Therapeutic Acupuncture | Cosmetic Acupuntcure | EMG Testing | LanghorneAcupuncture is an alternative treatment method and one of the oldest forms of therapy practiced in the world, effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions. This traditional Chinese treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin into the underlying tissue at precise locations known to help relieve pain and other symptoms.

Acupuncture can be used to treat many different medical conditions, including:

  • Postoperative pain
  • Headaches, neck and back pain and other orthopedic conditions
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sinusitis and asthma
  • Gastritis, nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal conditions

This treatment is often combined with more conventional ones, such as prescription drugs, to maximize results and allow patients to return to their regular activities more quickly.

During the acupuncture treatment, the needles are inserted into the skin at targeted areas and depths depending on each patient's individual symptoms. Only sterile, single use needles are used during acupuncture in order to ensure patient safety. Patients may experience an aching sensation when the needles reach their desired location. The needles are usually kept in place for five to 20 minutes, and may receive electrical or heat impulses during this time. Patients often undergo a series of weekly or biweekly treatments, usually with 12 total treatment sessions.

It is important for patients to have this treatment performed by a licensed professional, as improper administrations can result in pain and other side effects. Some patients may experience soreness, bleeding and bruising at the site of the injection, but these side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Patients with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinning medication should not undergo acupuncture treatment.

In general, acupuncture is a safe procedure with little to no side effects and is effective for most patients, including those who do not respond well to more traditional treatment options. For more information about this treatment, do not hesitate to ask your doctor if your medical condition can benefit from acupuncture.

Electromyography (EMG)

An electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity of your muscles. It is done to detect certain nerve and muscle disorders that cause weakness, paralysis, and/or twitching of the muscles. An EMG usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes.

Preparing for an EMG

One week prior to your EMG, your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding your medications and any effects they might have against the test. About 3 hours before the test, you will not smoke or consume any caffeinated products. Patients are advised to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to their EMG. In some cases, a hospital gown is provided for the test.

During the EMG In order to relax your muscles, the EMG is performed with you lying down or reclining. A special soap will be used to clean the areas of your skin being tested, and needle electrodes will be applied to those muscles.

Electrical activity will first be recorded of your muscles at rest. Your technician will then ask you to contract your muscles, and the resulting electrical activity will be recorded. The electrodes might be moved to different muscles or different portions of your muscles during the EMG. Your muscles’ electrical activity will be displayed on a special video screen; it might also recorded on video.

After the EMG

After your EMG, the electrodes are removed from your muscles, and your skin in the tested areas is cleaned. You may be prescribed medication for soreness in the tested areas. Soreness and tingling in the muscles is common for 1 to 2 hours following an EMG.

While full results of the EMG will not be available until 2 or 3 days later, you will be able to find out preliminary results immediately after the test.

Risks Associated with the EMG

Electromyogram (EMG) is an extremely safe procedure. There is a slight chance of swelling or bruising wherever the needles were placed, and chances of infection are minimal.

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