Utilizing thin acupuncture needles (pins really), we use electrical stimulation to normalize the function of the nerves that communicate to muscles (motor neurons), the nerves that communicate to the blood vessels (vaso nervorum) and the nerves that communicate to other nerves (nervi nervorum).
For Practitioners & those who would like a more in depth understanding:
Neurofunctional acupuncture is used to facilitate the modulation of neurological activity at multiple levels: segmental somatic (proprioceptive, more, nociceptive), autonomic (visceral, vascular and central) and supraspinal (somatic, limbic, autonomic, cerebellar etc.). This type of acupuncture is designed using a fully systematized and practical modular approach using local inputs (where the problem is experienced), axial and trunk inputs (spinal), and systemic regulatory inputs (classical acupuncture points). The clinical outcome measures used by the practitioner are multiple functional indicators of improved performance & function.
The Neurofunctional acupuncture approach is quite different from the “balancing the body’s energy” used by traditional acupuncturists. It is also different from the over simplistic evaluation of the central perception of pain that has been tested in randomized controlled trials of acupuncture in the last decade.
Neurofunctional acupuncture interventions do not focus at eliminating pain directly. The goal is to promote self-regulation in the activity of the nervous system, facilitating up and down regulatory processes such as the production and repair of the myelin sheath, the synthesis of protein based nerve membrane ion channels, or the secretion and metabolism of neuropeptides.