Whether you are training hard or injured, everyone is looking for a way to enhance their body’s recovery ability. Traditional Chinese Meridian Acupuncture has been around for centuries. It has been used to enhance the bodies natural healing ability. Acupuncture is gaining popularity in Western Medicine for treatment of various maladies. Dry needling is a technique used to treat musculoskeletal injuries and over all health. Both practices use the same type of needles but differ in philosophy. Acupuncture requires 2,000 hours of ancient Chinese medicine which include practices with varying degrees of supportive scientific evidence. Dry needling requires education in medical fields such as physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Dry needling like acupuncture has many schools of thought, but they are all backed by scientific studies.
Studies have shown that when a needle pierces the skin it sets off a cascade of processes in the body. This process aims to restore homeostasis (balance) in the body. This process is what causes the bodies own ability to heal to be optimized. In general needling is non-specific, but trigger point in tissue can be targeted. The non-specific and whole body effects are what make all forms of needling beneficial to some extent. With the use of imaging and functional MRI’s the most effective points can be deduced. This has lead to systems such as Dr. Ma’s Integrative Dry Needling system. It allows for standardized, quantified, and reproducible results to occur predictably in practice.
Needling is used to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation and recovery from heavy work loads. It is a highly effective method that is typically pain free, if you do not have a fear of needles.