Let's Talk About Trigger Point Acupuncture!

We all know the feeling, tightness, aching pain behind our shoulder blades in our lower back and necks. It’s no wonder we all experience this, our lives are spent sitting behind desks and hunched over looking at our phones. This leads to painful knots throughout our bodies that hinder us from being our happiest and healthiest selves. 

It’s so important to take care of our bodies and when we’re in pain we want to seek out the fastest, most effective treatments. Trigger point Acupuncture is that treatment! In an hour long session we are able to release those painful knots with little to no pain or side effects. Unlike western medicine’s approach to treating pain with pills, acupuncture focuses on treating the root cause and treats it in a noninvasive, holistic approach.

So what exactly is Trigger Point Acupuncture and what is a trigger point?

Trigger point acupuncture is a more aggressive form of traditional acupuncture, using direct manipulation of painful knots in the muscles known as trigger points. The goal is to cause the muscle or group of muscles causing the pain to twitch which typically leads to an immediate relief ofpain and tightness. 

Trigger points are caused by a wide variety of different things: injuries, improper or over-training,  incorrect posture or body mechanics, or just life, trigger point acupuncture returns the natural balance to your muscles. It is one of the safest ways to address physical problems!

How does it work?

The treatment is simple, hair thin, stainless steel needles are placed directly into the area of concern. You will usually feel a twitching sensation, don’t worry! This means it’s working. After the needles are inserted you are able to relax on the table for 45 minutes. Many patients use this time to catch a quick nap which is wonderful. It allows for optimal relaxation while your body restores itself! 

How is Trigger Point Acupuncture different from Dry Needling? 

It's pretty simple actually! Dry needling is essentially basic acupuncture performed by Chiropractors and Physical Therapists who do not hold a degree in Acupuncture. In order to obtain a Master's degree in Acupuncture and become a licensed Acupuncturist, one must complete a 3-4 year graduate study program which includes nearly 3000 hours of clinical hands on work practicing acupuncture. On the other hand, in order to practice dry needling a simple weekend course, sometimes as little as 23 hours, is all that is required of Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. 

What does Trigger Point Acupuncture treat?

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Low Back Pain
  • Knee Pain 
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Does Trigger Point Acupuncture hurt?

For some people yes, for some no. The twitching can cause a momentary sensation of burning or tingling but it goes away almost immediately. There can be feelings of soreness, similar to post workout soreness, for up to 24 hours after the treatment. We think the relief it brings absolutely outweighs any feelings of discomfort!