Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers.
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Dry needling can effectively alleviate chronic pain associated with various conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain.
By targeting trigger points and releasing muscular tension, dry needling helps to reduce muscle tightness and discomfort.
Dry needling is often used as a complementary therapy to promote recovery and rehabilitation from sports-related injuries, such as sprains, strains, and overuse injuries
The technique of dry needling can provide relief from headaches and migraines by targeting trigger points and reducing muscular tension in the head, neck, and shoulder areas.
Dry needling can help address postural issues by releasing tight muscles, improving flexibility, and promoting proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system.
Individuals suffering from repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow, may find relief through dry needling by targeting trigger points and promoting muscle relaxation and tissue healing.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body.
Sensations experienced during acupuncture treatment may vary from person to person. While some individuals may feel minimal discomfort or a slight prickling sensation upon needle insertion, others may not feel any sensation at all. The goal is to achieve a therapeutic response, and any discomfort is typically temporary and minimal.
Acupuncture can benefit individuals experiencing a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, including chronic pain, muscle tension, sports injuries, headaches, migraines, postural problems, and repetitive strain injuries.
The number of acupuncture sessions required can vary based on several factors, including the specific condition, its severity, and your individual response to treatment.
The optimal number of sessions depends on your unique situation. Discuss your goals and expectations with your acupuncturist, and together, you can create a personalized treatment plan.
Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by trained professionals. However, some individuals may experience temporary side effects such as slight bruising, soreness, or localized bleeding at the needle insertion sites.
Acupuncture and dry needling both involve inserting thin needles into the skin, but they have distinct differences.
Acupuncture: Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture aims to rebalance the body’s energy flow (known as qi or chi).
Dry Needling: A modern technique, dry needling focuses on muscular pain relief. Practitioners insert fine needles (called filiform needles) into trigger points within muscles or tissues.