Medical Acupuncture is a contemporary, western medical approach to acupuncture.
It is part of the Physiotherapy scope of practice. Medical Acupuncture utilizes sterile, single use, fine filiform needles that are inserted into specific points on the body. These needles can be used to promote circulation of blood and oxygen, stimulate the peripheral and central nervous system, release endorphins, reduce muscle tension and also stimulate your own natural healing responses.
Integrated Dry Needling is another form of acupuncture and is a scientific approach for the treatment of myofascial and neuropathic pain. A thorough assessment is conducted whereby myofascial trigger points are located in the body. Trigger points are tight bands of muscle or fascia that produces pain either locally, or may radiate to a distant site. They can limit joint range of motion, inhibit muscular strength, and compress nerves, leading to neuropathic pain. Sterile, single use acupuncture needles are inserted into these trigger points to elicit a twitch response.
The physiological effects to this twitch response are:
- Stimulates receptors in the muscle and tendon to produce a relaxation effect of the muscle
- Improves blood flow and oxygen to the muscle integral for natural healing
- Lowers hyperactivity at motor endplate in muscle thereby improving muscular function and strength