Acupuncture & Trigger Point Dry Needling
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder or arm pain, hip or leg pain or any other condition by using a filament needle to activate motor points, target trigger points and release fascial adhesions. which responds to the insertion of a filament acupuncture needles into muscles at trigger points. Acupuncture can also treat many neurological conditions safely and effectively, supporting and strengthening the body’s natural healing response. Acupuncture has been shown in scientific studies to have a calming effect on the central nervous system, that promotes an analgesic effect, thus reducing pain and stress. upon acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders which are experienced day to day by patients with both short-term and long-term benefits.
Studies have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for many conditions including:
- Headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Neck pain and shoulder pain (including rotator cuff problems)
- Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow or lateral epicondylalgia)
- Medial elbow pain (golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylalgia)
- Cervicalgia (neck pain caused by arthritis of the joints between the neck vertebrae and misalignment of the cervical spine)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (entrapment of a nerve at wrist that causes tingling and numbness in fingers)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Painful knee conditions such as patellofemoral pain syndrome,
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Back spasms
- Bursitis (an inflammatory condition of the fluid sac in a joint)
- Tendinopathy or tendinosis
- Sciatica or tailbone pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
There are many styles and approaches to acupuncture. Techniques include, but are not limited to: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Japanese acupuncture, trigger point needling/dry needling, auricular acupuncture, electro-stimulation acupuncture, laser stimulation and acupressure. Many styles of acupuncture rely on the same historical foundation rooted in TCM yet place greater emphasis on the physiologic mechanisms at play in stimulating specific muscle fibers for pain relief.
Trigger Point (Dry Needling) / Motor Points
Trigger Point needling also known as Dry needling is a modern treatment for orthopedic conditions designed to ease muscular pain by using fine, stainless steel needles that are inserted into trigger points. Trigger points are sore or tender areas in the muscle due to contracted fibers that can result in referral pain. Trigger points may develop when muscles are overused (as in overtraining), injured by trauma, or from postural compensation at work.
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) targets trigger points or Motor Points by stimulating the nerve endings in the contracted band of muscle fibers. This process has been shown to decrease pain, tenderness and stiffness; increase strength; reduce local inflammation; improve circulation; relax muscles that are in spasm (causing tightness); eliminate referred pain caused by that trigger point; relieve pressure on nerves where they pass through or near a joint and restore coordination between muscles groups.