Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years; it is normally associated with traditional Chinese medicine.
Since the 50’s & 60’s, the practice of acupuncture has become more widespread throughout the Western world. Based on the energy channels passing through the body, traditional Chinese medicine uses the technique of puncturing skin with needles to enhance or diminish the effect of the energy (Qi) through the channels of the body (meridians).
In Western medicine acupuncture has been shown to help reduce pain by inhibiting pain messages that travel to the brain for interpretation as well as stimulating endorphin release, endorphin being the body’s natural pain relief.
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a form of acupuncture. Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). It involves the use acupuncture needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points, but it is also used to target connective tissue, neural and muscular pains. It is used to treat dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize peripheral nociception (pain)