What is Acupuncture/Dry Needling?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function. It involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin and underlying tissues at specific points along the body.
"Anatomical" acupuncture also referred to as Dry Needling uses a more modern approach than the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach. Used today by health care practitioners in the western world, this approach uses knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in order to achieve effective results.
How does it work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphin. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptors found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins are essentially the chemical our body uses to reduce pain.