Acupuncture…What About It?
Many people seek out acupuncture when they are at their wits end – as a last resort to failed treatments, pain medication, or even surgery. But did you know acupuncture can aid in preventing injuries/illnesses from happening in the first place?
Acupuncture is commonly recognized by Western Medicine as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It is a healing modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the earliest compilation of texts dating over 2,000 years ago! But how does it work?
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is the use of sterile, single use, filiform (as thin as a hair strand) needles. Your acupuncturist will have undergone years of training to access acupuncture points mapped out on the body to activate Qi and re-establish homeostasis. From a Western view-point, acupuncture has been shown to modulate the immune, nervous, circulatory, endocrine, digestive, respiratory and genitourinary systems via its anti-inflammatory effects (1).
Acupuncture can help with the following conditions:
- Pain (acute and chronic)
- Low Energy
- Sprains & strains
- Disc issues
- Menstrual irregularities & fertility
- Auto & workplace injuries
- …and many more!
Sports Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Our practitioners have extensive knowledge in anatomy as well as orthopedic & neurological testing to assess the status of one’s unique set of symptoms. With the use of this background, we may use a subset of acupuncture used in modern medicine known as Dry Needling or Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). Alongside trigger point dry needling, our practitioners have dedicated continued time and education in the sports medicine field to map out the location of specific Motor Points of muscle tissue. Upon the location of said trigger points and motor points your practitioner may use acupuncture needles – either with manual stimulation or electro acupuncture – to relieve spasm and pain.
Please reach out to us if you have any further questions on how acupuncture may help you and your journey to health and wellbeing!
- Li N, Guo Y, Gong Y, Zhang Y, Fan W, Yao K, Chen Z, Dou B, Lin X, Chen B, Chen Z, Xu Z, Lyu Z. The Anti-Inflammatory Actions and Mechanisms of Acupuncture from Acupoint to Target Organs via Neuro-Immune Regulation. J Inflamm Res. 2021 Dec 21;14:7191-7224. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S341581. PMID: 34992414; PMCID: PMC8710088.