What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that aims to restore and promote the balance of energy which flows throughout the body. In this procedure, very fine needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates positive nerve endings of body and increases function in the body’s various physiological systems, evoking a natural healing response. Acupuncture boosts the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain-relief neuro hormones.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Traditionally, acupuncture it is used to diagnose, prevent and treat disease. It encourages the reduction of inflammation and increases circulation in the body. Acupuncture can relieve pain from a variety of conditions, symptoms and / or diseases, including but not limited to:
- Headaches / migraines
- Tennis elbow
- Lower back / neck pain
What is Dry Needling?
It is an increasingly popular treatment, developed to ease muscular pain. During this procedure, the practitioner inserts varied needles into your skin. These are filamentous needles which are short, fine, stainless steel needles that do not inject any fluid into the body. That’s why the procedure is called dry needling. Dry needling is also called intramuscular stimulation where needles are placed in the trigger points of muscle or tissue. Dry needling also helps reduce the knots and relieve muscle pain.
Is it the same as Acupuncture?
Although both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use very fine needles that are inserted into the skin to treat pain, there are differences between the two methods. Acupuncture focuses on the release of the body’s energy to promote natural healing by inserting a needle into specific points on the body. Dry Needling focuses on relieving tight muscles and / or cramps by inserting the needle directly into the tight area or knot.
What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
- Relieves pain
- Boosts healing
- Increases blood circulation
- Increases range of motion
- Enhances muscle strength and functionality
- Decreases muscle spasm
- Relieves acute and chronic pain
- Improves central nervous system response
What conditions can Dry Needling treat?
Most known conditions treated by dry needling are sciatica, joint dysfunction, spinal dysfunction, migraine, tennis elbow, neck pain, low back pain and tension, overuse injuries, tendinitis, headaches, and fibromyalgia.
Is Acupuncture / Dry Needling Painful?
Most patients feel no or minimal discomfort during treatment.