Muscle stimulator treats back pain:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have developed a battery-powered "acupuncture" device which treats back pain by stimulating tight muscles and irritated nerves. Using a technique called automated twitch obtaining intramuscular stimulation (ATOIMS), lead researcher Dr Jennifer Chu has treated patients with sports injuries, whiplash, lifting injuries and other conditions were the nerve roots are irritated. The ATOIMS device comprises Teflon pins which are inserted into muscle and then vibrated.
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