Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago. It's based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, chi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. By inserting very fine, sterile single-use needles at specific points along the meridians, your acupuncturist can redirect and reposition the flow of energy (chi) for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one's overall health. However, blockages and imbalances result in pain and illness.
Dry needling is arguably one subcategory of western medical acupuncture. Dry needling is also referred to as myofascial trigger point therapy. Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. The purpose of dry needling trigger points is to desensitize these trigger points, promote healing and enhance the production of endorphins.
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