The buzz around the world of electric shock therapy is enormous, with the first trials taking place in the US in 2015.
The procedure, which involves injecting the nerve cells in the arm with electrical pulses, has been used to treat severe spinal cord injuries.
But now, a new study in the journal EMBO Journal says the technique can be used to relieve pain, especially in people who have been exposed to an electric current for extended periods.
The study found that the therapy was more effective than traditional spinal cord therapy in alleviating chronic pain, in patients with moderate to severe chronic pain.
“It is important to note that this is a relatively short-term trial that did not examine long-term effects of the therapy on pain, disability, and disability-related quality of life,” the study authors wrote.
The researchers also said the trial did not include the use of any new drugs to treat chronic pain or depression.
The technique has gained considerable popularity in recent years, with a 2016 report from the American Academy of Pain Medicine suggesting that as many as 3 million Americans suffer from chronic pain every year.
Many have also found relief from the pain-relieving effect of the technique by using it on their own, either with a cane or by using an electrical stimulation device called a stimulator.
One study published in January in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that more than 2 million people in the United States use the therapy, which uses electrical currents to deliver electric shocks to the spinal cord to trigger pain-killing responses.
The pain-reducing effect has been linked to the stimulation, but there is also anecdotal evidence that the technique also can relieve the symptoms of depression.