Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine that dates back over 2000 years. It is suggested that more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with other health modalities combined. Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile needles with a diameter similar to that of a human hair into Acupuncture Points on the skin. Certain acupuncture points correspond to certain conditions or causes of pain. The needles may be manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation (electrical acupuncture). The insertion of the needles may cause minimal pain; some feel no pain at all. The needle point is smooth and insertion of the acupuncture needle is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Acupuncture is often associated with pain control and is particularly useful in resolving physical problems. Common conditions that may be relieved by acupuncture include: strains and sprains; spinal pain, tendonitis, muscle spasms, nerve pain, anxiety, sleep difficulty, headaches

Dry Needling/GTT: Dry needling or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) describes the insertion of a sterile acupuncture needle into the trigger point of a muscle to result in pain relief and muscle relaxation. GTT combines dry needling with high frequency electrical stimulation (TENS) to induce relaxation of the muscles and pain relief in the area being treated.

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