Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic energy points on your body. Most patients report they barely feel the needles enter the skin. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine and is most commonly used to treat pain. Deeper needling procedures can also be performed to tight muscles and trigger points termed “Dry Needling”. If a patient has a phobia to needles, an introduction to the practice can be taken very slow and test spots can be performed to calm any anxiety around the procedure.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains this ancient art-form as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — which flows through pathways (meridians) in your body.
Aside from pain reduction, treatments are extremely effective in the reduction of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and digestive issues. Acupuncture has become more prevalent in today’s fast-paced over stimulating environment. Many hospitals now use acupuncturists to help patients recover quicker from trauma or surgery.
Many patients describe the feeling of energy moving through the body as they lay quietly during treatment. Some patients respond very strongly even after the first treatment, whereas some patients need a few treatments to begin to feel the effects. Patients have reported an overall feeling of relaxation, calmness, and happiness after treatment.
Dry needling may be added to your treatment plan for increased tissue healing and blood flow to a specific area. When needles are placed deep into muscle they turn off pain fibers and trigger points. Needling can also reduce the symptoms of some arthritic type pain in the body as well.
Contact Lakeside Spine and Wellness for any questions you may have about this amazing treatment option. Insurance may cover your needling treatments as well. Ask us about a free insurance verification today!