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The careful application of thin metal needles to specific points on the body in order to release endorphins and provide relief.
Medical Acupuncture is useful for anyone looking for relief of conditions stemming from muscle tension
In order to change muscle tension, reduce pain levels, improve mood, and increase the energy of our clients, our physical therapists will often utilize Medical Acupuncture treatments.
Medical Acupuncture uses include treating:
This type of acupuncture is more broadly called “dry needling”, and current evidence suggests that benefits come from the body’s release of endorphins, endogenous opiates, and the effect of mechanotransduction in response to the needles.
There are significant differences between Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture. A traditional Chinese approach would choose treatment areas based on the theoretical movement of energy (or “chi”) along Yin and Yang meridians in the body.
Conversely, a practitioner of Medical Acupuncture will choose treatment locations based on the anatomy of muscles, nerves, and tendinous insertions. It is believed that the effect these needles have is due to their physiological effect on the neuromuscular system rather than on the movement of energy.
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