Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is based on the belief that there are pathways called meridians through which vital energy, known as Qi (pronounced chee), flows. The goal of acupuncture is to restore the balance of Qi in the body, which is believed to be integral to maintaining good health.
During an acupuncture session Dr. Alyssa inserts needles into specific points along the meridians, which are believed to correspond to different organs or systems in the body. The needles are typically left in place for a period of time, usually around 20 minutes.
Acupuncture is often used to treat various physical and mental health conditions, such as chronic pain, migraines, nausea, anxiety, and infertility.
Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that involves inserting thin, solid needles into the body's trigger points to alleviate pain and muscle tension. While it may be similar in appearance to acupuncture, dry needling focuses on specific points in the muscles, tendons, or connective tissues rather than the traditional Chinese medicine concept of energy flow. Here are some of the commonly recognized benefits of dry needling:
Pain Relief: Dry needling has been shown to be effective in reducing pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions, including chronic back pain, neck pain, migraines, and sports injuries. By inserting the needles into trigger points, it can help release built-up tension and promote muscle relaxation, leading to pain relief.
Muscle Relaxation: Muscles can develop tight knots, known as trigger points, due to a variety of reasons such as overuse, injury, or stress. Dry needling aims to release these trigger points and help restore normal muscle function. By stimulating the muscles, it can encourage relaxation, improved blood flow, and oxygenation in the affected area.
Improved Range of Motion: Restriction in range of motion is a common problem resulting from muscle tightness or injury. By releasing tension and promoting muscle relaxation, dry needling may help improve joint mobility and increase the range of motion in affected areas.
Enhanced Healing and Recovery: Dry needling can stimulate the body's natural healing processes. It promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, which can reduce pain and support the healing process. Moreover, by improving blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area, dry needling can facilitate tissue repair and regeneration.
Complementary Treatment: Dry needling can complement other forms of therapy, chiropractic care, or massage therapy. It can help accelerate progress during active care and provide additional relief to patients suffering from various musculoskeletal conditions.
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