For many decades now, acupuncture has been practiced as an alternative treatment option for pain relief and other illnesses all around the globe. But, did you know that it is now a vital practice used in sports medicine and rehabilitation? Read more to understand orthopedic acupuncture and how you can benefit from it.
What is Orthopedic Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional treatment method that involves the use of needles and pricking different parts of the body to stimulate pressure that leads to healing diseases and relieving pain. Orthopedic acupuncture focuses on a musculoskeletal approach to address sports-related injuries, postural realignment, and trigger release techniques.
How Does It Work?
This method of acupuncture is an effective and safe way to restore balance in the muscles. Since the human body is an interconnected network of nerves and muscles, any feelings of tightness, tension, pain, or weakness have a direct effect on the overall range of motion and function of other tissues. Orthopedic acupuncture concentrates on the correct needle stimulation of motor points and trigger points for the body’s symmetry.
What are Motor Points and Trigger Points?
A motor point is where a nerve injunction is located in the body, approximately the size of a nickel. There is a high concentration of nerve endings and is electrically charged. When stimulated, it can reset energy flow within the tissue and return it to its normal functions. You will usually feel a twitch, which would mean the muscle sleeping is awakened or tension is released.
A trigger point, on the other hand, is where you feel pain in your muscles. This spot is where you usually feel tender when pressure is applied. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a trigger point, the blood pressure and energy flow are boosted. Therefore, pain is eliminated by a blood circulation increase, as well as healing and muscle relaxation.
What are the Immediate Effects?
Most regular supporters of orthopedic acupuncture report these effects they enjoy:
- Shorten rehabilitation time after physical injury
- Decrease inflammation and pain
- Improve range of motion
- Strengthen muscles and activate “sleeping” ones
- Liberate muscle spasms
- Strengthen the immune system
- Relieve physical and emotional stress
- Calm minds and support relaxation
Orthopedic acupuncture is generally risk-free. If you are from New York, we recommend Matthew Reed, MS, L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. from AcupunctureSyracuse.com for your first session. Book an appointment now!