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Whether there is a presence of a medical condition or not, everybody can benefit from acupuncture because of its homeostatic effects that help the body regain balance and function better. For example, it can help the body improve its stress response, promote relaxation, improve sleep and mood, strengthen the immune system, increase energy, improve circulation and healing, and improve digestion.
Among the therapies available for pain, acupuncture is among the most effective and best at treating most types of pain without causing harmful side effects.
After injuries, surgeries, or pregnancies, it can noticeably speed up recovery and healing. Paired with its regenerative function is its excellent ability to release muscular or fascial restrictions to restore range of motion and structural balance.
Many athletes use acupuncture regularly to maximize their performance and speed up recovery.
Acupuncture treatments may be integrated with herbal medicine, lifestyle modifications, and dietary guidelines to make it more holistic and effective. Any condition can benefit from this multi-directional approach and participation depends on your specific needs.
- Neck pain & stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Facial spasm & pain, dental pain, TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)
- Back & hip pain
- Knee pain
- Carpel tunnel
- Tennis elbow/ Golf elbow
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Radiculopathy, sprains & strains
- Post-surgery / post-trauma
- Auto accident injuries
- Muscular restrictions
- Idiopathic pain disorders
- Scar healing
- Gout pain
- Arthritis pain
- Pregnancy pain
- Muscular dystrophy
- Menstrual disorders (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Premenstrual syndrome (menstrual cramps, cravings, mood swings, headaches, bowel changes)
- Menopausal (hot flashes, night sweats, dry mouth)
- Pregnancy care (morning sickness, water-retention, high blood pressure, labor pain, malposition of fetus), regulating contraction & promoting labor, post-birth recovery, lactation deficiency.
- Gut Health
- Skin problems
- Hormone Balancing
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea & vomiting
- Poor digestion
- Acid reflux
- Gallstone pain
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Chronic gastritis
- Biliary colic
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Other neuralgia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Bell’s palsy
- Numbness & tingling
- Post-stroke recovery
- Meniere’s disease
- Allergic rhinitis
- Bronchial asthma
- Sinus congestions
- Ear infections
- Strengthen immune function
- Sore throat
- Skin disorders (pruritus (itching), rashes, acne, etc.)
- Urinary retention
- Urinary urgency
- Chronic urinary tract infection
- Sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction, low libido, infertility)
- Water retention
- Stop smoking
- Alcohol dependence
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Sopium/cocaine/heroin/drug dependence
- Improving liver function & elimination
- Speed up recovery & healing
- Post-Tramatic Stress Disorders
- Chemotherapy & radiation side effects
- Hyperglycemia/diabetes mellitus
- Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Sjogren syndrome
What is Dry needling?
A safe and effective treatment performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist at Vida Integrated Health. Dry needling, also known as Intramuscular Stimulation, is a pain-relieving technique that involves introducing a thin needle into the patient’s skin. This treatment’s goal is to reduce pain by deactivating trigger points and restoring the muscles’ function.
Traditionally referred to as Ashi acupuncture in Ancient Chinese medicine, Dry needling is similar to acupuncture. Dry needling consists of inserting a thin needle into a banded tight muscle that contains a trigger point. By directly stimulating the trigger point, the muscle “resets,” as it stimulates the production of natural analgesics the body produces and gets the muscle essentially out of pain naturally.
Does Dry needling hurt?
These types of treatments are typically not painful. Many people have reported it as a relaxing experience. While others say they feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, it is much less than the prick you feel during injection as the needles are very fine. Others may feel a slight weight, numbness, or tingling sensation.
The needles used during dry needling are extremely thin, eight times smaller than vaccine needles, so you can barely feel them. Besides, these needles do not inject fluid, they just stimulate the muscles, and they do not cause bleeding.
How does Dry needling work?
Before the treatment starts, a professional acupuncturist will diagnose the areas and trigger points that should be treated. Then, the Licensed Acupuncturist will insert sterile and disposable needles into the trigger points or around them.
A trigger point is commonly referred to as a muscle knot, a small, bump-like area of muscle that can be painful to the touch. When a band in a muscle fiber becomes tight after a lousy movement, age, a sedentary lifestyle, or bad posture, it can cause pain, restrict the range of motion, and interrupt normal muscle function. If left untreated, these trigger points may get worse over time.
Dry needling works by stimulating these trigger areas with a very thin needle inserted in the tissue for seconds or minutes, depending on the severity of the “knot.” Once the area becomes stimulated, our body will naturally release its own “Pain killers” to the area, thus reducing the muscular pain.
How quickly can you relieve pain with dry needling?
It depends on the person. However, it can be instantaneous in the first treatment in many cases, where patients may experience an improvement. Pain can be alleviated or speed up regardless of the number of visits, as it depends on the person’s natural ability to generate painkillers. But in general, it takes between two to three times, or in more severe cases, it could be six to eight times.
What are the differences between dry needling and acupuncture?
Dry needling is the pseudonym for acupuncture, adopted by chiropractors and physical therapists. Both acupuncture and dry needling use the same tools. However, people think that the main difference is that dry needling practitioners have a different philosophy, which is untrue.
Many people say that dry needling focuses more on the musculoskeletal structure, while acupuncture focuses mainly on the muscles. As per ancient Chinese medicine, the meridian points where needles are inserted represent the organs. Acupuncture is based on the idea of restoring balance and energy in the body. While dry needling focuses on pain relief, it is a modern treatment based on western medicine.
As you see, some people claim that the difference between dry needling and acupuncture is their philosophy. However, in reality, there is no significant difference between the two practices other than training hours and practice. Acupuncturists have three years (or at least 1365 hours of supervised training) compared to dry needling therapists.
Who is dry needling for?
We recommend Dry needling for patients that suffer from:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Chronic strains
- Damaged neural pathways post-stroke
- Any type of muscle pain
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