Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine needles at precise points to encourage the body's natural healing. Traditional Chinese theories focus on treatment to the body's network of interacting energies. More recently Medical Acupuncture is a Western system of acupuncture that blends tradition with science for the treatment of conditions related to muscles and the nervous system.
The insertion of needles into points along meridians help decrease pain and muscle spasm by reflex mechanisms of the nervous system. Additionally, the use of electrical stimulation often enhances the effectiveness of treatment.
Functional Integrated Acupuncture
The Functional Integrated Needling approach integrates dry needling techniques in a single treatment. The targets for needling is directed to the underlying cause of the patient's conditions (i.,e a specific muscle) rather than a traditional meridian.
The insertion of needles into the soft tissue causes the release of substances that help improve blood flow to areas of tightness and decrease sensitivity by modulating the nervous system.