Benefits of Acupuncture include:
- Pain relief
- Decreased inflammation
- Restoration of homeostasis in the body
- Improved energy
Physiological effects of Acupuncture include:
- Promotion of blood flow. Everything the body needs to heal is in the blood, including oxygen, nutrients we absorb from food, and immune substances. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health. Blood flow can be impacted by trauma, injuries and certain diseases.
- Stimulation of the body’s built-in healing mechanisms. Acupuncture creates “micro traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune and endocrine system activation.
- The release of natural painkillers. Needle insertion sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins are released.
- Reduction of the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this by stimulating neurotransmitters in a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system.
- Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures, tendons and nerves.
- Acupuncture reduces stress. This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture. Acupuncture helps block stress hormones released from the sympathetic nervous system.
Conditions treated at Castleton Integrative Health:
- Low back pain/sciatica
- Neck pain
- Shoulder, knee, ankle, or wrist pain
- Sinus pain and congestion
- General Stress
- Acute or chronic injuries
- TMJ dysfunction
What to expect during a session of Acupuncture:
Needle insertion should not hurt! You may feel a slight dull ache, but this sensation should quickly go away. The needles used are superfine and range from .5-1.5 inches. Depending on the condition, treatments may take anywhere from 1 to 8 visits for noticeable relief. Expect one session to be 15-30 minutes in length depending on the condition being treated. As an acupuncture patient, the effects are felt with each treatment and may be increased after each visit. Patients should leave with an increased physical and mental feeling of relaxation.
Biomedical Dry Needling:
Dry needling is a skilled intervention provided by health care professionals that use a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular tissues, and connective tissues. This procedure is used for the management of neuromuscular pain and movement impairments. Active trigger points are taut bands in muscles that are hyperirritable to the touch. They produce referred pain and motor dysfunction. Trigger points form with biomechanical imbalances, which can lead to pain and neuromuscular dysfunction. Dry needling helps to resolve the trigger points, which in turn decreases pain and muscle tension as well as promote healing. Dry Needling is not traditional Chinese acupuncture, and is a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective. It is called “dry” needling because it is performed without medication or injection.
Benefits of Dry Needling include:
- Decreased pain
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased range of motion
- Restoration of muscle function
Physiological Effects of Dry Needling:
- Increased blood flow to the area for healing
- Muscle relaxation and breaking up trigger points
- Decrease in the body’s pain controlling substances
- Increased production of local natural endorphins for pain relief
What to expect with Dry Needling:
A history and physical will be taken to address the cause of pain and muscle dysfunction. Dry needling sessions can last anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the condition. Complications associated with dry needling include needle insertion pain, muscle soreness, fatigue, and bruising during or after a treatment. Despite these minor complications, relief should be experienced after each session of dry needling.