Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique using fine solid needles inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites to modulate abnormal activity of the nervous system. The needles can be stimulated manually or with electricity (electro-acupuncture).
Acupuncture can be used to treat health dysfunctions including musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders, sports injuries, functional problems, headaches, stress-related disorders, and chronic pain.
Dry Needling is a technique that involves inserting and manipulating an acupuncture needle in a muscle in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help to resolve muscle tension and pain, and promote healing.
According to the scientific literature, acupuncture is a very safe therapy in the hands of well-trained health care professionals. Occasionally, adverse reactions may occur, including small bleeding at insertion site, pain or tenderness at insertion site, transient aggravation of symptoms, transient headache, nausea, vomiting, local numbness, anxiety, dizziness, and fainting (vaso-vagal reaction). The most serious risk is a pneumothorax (accidental puncture of a lung) which is a rare complication.
Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. People with pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation unless approved by their cardiologist. Women in early pregnancy and hemophiliacs should be treated with caution
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