What is it and how can it help?
Sometimes referred to as ‘dry needling’ medical acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for over 3000 years. It involves a process where needles are inserted through the skin into the muscle consequently improving muscular function, flexibility and a reduction in pain around the area.
Needles are placed into the area of complaint, mainly directly into myofascial trigger points (knots) causing a local twitch response leading to a response cycle causing the above effects. When inserted, the needle creates a micro-trauma in the muscle causing the body to start a repair response triggering an anti-inflammatory reaction not just at the point of insertion but to surrounding areas also. Depending on the stage of injury needles can be left in the muscle for 2 - 30 minutes to create the desired response. Electro-acupuncture is also used to enhance these effects depending on the injury or complaint.