Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
Acupuncture is the use of fine, sterile, single use needles at specific point of the body to restore and maintain health. Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The TCM theory is that pain or dysfunction occurs as a result of the body’s Qi (pronounced chi) or vital energy not flowing freely. This can occur as a result of physical or emotional difficulties including injury, poor nutrition, infection, stress or an inherited deficit. The insertion of needles at specific points clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of Qi through the individual.
Over the years as science has progressed, we now know that there is a strong physiological reasoning behind acupuncture. Research has outlined that with the insertion of needles into specific points in the body, hormones are released which help to reduce pain, stress and anxiety levels.
Acupuncture is also a very effective preventative medicine tool and if used when one is well it can maintain this wellness by supporting the healthy body state and managing stress.
About Dry Needling
Dry Needling targets the trigger points (or “knots”) of the problem muscle which contributes to muscle pain and dysfunction. The needle is gently inserted into the skin directly over the trigger point. When the trigger point has been stimulated a local twitch response is experienced. This feels like the muscle “jumping” which leads to increased blood flow to the area which helps the muscle to relax. When this local twitch response occurs, a brief painful response might be felt but it won’t last for more than a second. After dry needling, the area that was treated will feel much more relaxed and the person will feel looser.
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