What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that has recently been recognized as an alternative form of pain relief and healing in the United States. Based on the theory of homeostasis, or balance, between yin and yang, good health is the optimum state of balance between the two. A disruption of this balance can result in disease in the body and can manifest in a variety of symptoms. Much like chiropractic care, acupuncture promotes healing by removing the disruption of the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Thin, stainless steel needles are placed in specific points to stimulate the natural energy in the body. Rather than being a painful experience, acupuncture needles give off a mild electrical stimulation or tingling feeling.
Acupuncture vs Dry Needling
While both methods involve the insertion of small needles, dry needling and acupuncture are quite different. Acupuncture is based on the philosophy that your body has the ability to heal itself when qi, or healing energy, is released. Acupuncture addresses the body as a whole and needles can be placed in a wide variety of points throughout the body for 20-30 minutes.
Dry needling, on the other hand, targets a specific area of the body. By inserting needles into trigger points or knots of muscle, dry needling has the ability to relieve tension and muscle tightness. This approach is localized, and the needles are typically left in for 10-30 minutes.
The doctors at Weber Chiropractic Clinic offer both acupuncture and dry needling, and your provider will determine which, if either would be beneficial to your specific condition.
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