Acupuncture is one of several therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and it has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Energy, or Qi, flows through a network of pathways in the body called Meridians. When the stressors of our modern society lead to disruption or blockages in the flow of Qi, we develop pain and disease. Acupuncture works by addressing specific acupressure points around the body using various methods, such as cupping, needles, and gua sha.
Dry needling is a modern twist on acupuncture. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles around joints to address pain. This technique helps correct areas of dysfunction in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It is great for tight muscles, trigger points or “knots”, fascial restrictions and decreased joint range of motion. Especially with chronic overuse, muscle trigger points can lead to neuromuscular dysfunction, inflammation, and pain. Dry needling can release the “knots” and restore the health of the muscle. It has become very popular for athletes and active individuals looking to reduce pain, enhance muscle function, and improve joint mobility.