Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. It had its origins in China more than 2500 years ago; some even believe it to be as long ago as 4000 years.
In acupuncture, nerves in the skin and muscles are stimulated by the penetration of thin, sterile, disposable needles at anatomic points to produce a wide variety of effects.
It causes the body to increase the release of natural painkillers. These natural painkillers, endorphin and serotonin, are released in the pain pathway of the brain and the spinal cord causing the received pain signals to be modified and reduced.
Acupuncture can also restore energy through stimulation.
Trigger Point dry needling focuses on palpation of the body for myofascial constriction, also known as ‘holding patterns’. Relatively shallow acupuncture needling provokes the muscle trigger point to fasciculate and release, without the need to penetrate the muscle itself.
One of the main benefits of acupuncture is the stimulation of the immune system. It has an effect on the release of hormones that helps the body’s reaction to injury and stress. In cases where the use of Western medicine is said to be very limited - chronic pain management, drug addiction, weight management, smoking cessation and drug addiction - acupuncture has shown encouraging results.
In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, oxygenating the tissues, and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes muscles.
The benefits of acupuncture therapy are often felt immediately. Weekly treatments are common until an issue has cleared. Acute issues are often treated in three to five visits, while chronic patterns tend to require more frequent sessions.
Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the United
Nations World Health Organization (WHO), shows that the following
conditions are effectively treated with acupuncture.