Acupuncture is one of the most popular known practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the west. It is used to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, as well as to promote general well-being. Acupuncture is done by inserting extremely fine, sterile, one time use needles at specific points in the body. It is a safe, painless and effective therapy.
While the name may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal conditions. The procedure consists of a very thin, sterile, monofilament needle inserted into the skin and the underlying muscular trigger points for the management and relief of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
So what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band within muscle fibers that can disrupt normal function, restrict range of motion, refer pain or cause local tenderness. When dry needling is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
Dry needling is used specifically to treat muscle tissue, and it's goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore normal function. It is incorporated at our office into a broader scope of other beneficial therapies such as chiropractic manipulation, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, and home stretching exercises to name a few.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of: Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Autoimmune diseases, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Digestive disorders, Dizziness, Facial palsy, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Frozen shoulder, Golfer’s elbow, Headache Pain, Insomnia, Menopause, Menstrual irregularities, Migraine, Morning sickness, Nausea, Plantar fasciitis, PMS, Rhinitis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Stress, Tennis elbow, Tendinitis, Pain (Back, foot, hip, knee, neck, shoulder, wrist).