Acupuncture and dry needling therapies complement the whole-body focused care at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness in Cleveland. These treatments help you manage the flow of energy throughout your body, including your muscles. Call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Manacci for dry needling or acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing your body and restoring balanced energy. Tiny needles inserted into energy points, or meridians, clear up clogs in your “chi” or energy flow. This can heal injuries, reduce pain, and prompt the release of feel-good hormones, restoring your wellness and equalizing your energy.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a more recent therapeutic approach that involves inserting small needles into irritated muscle tissues or specific trigger points. Dry needling reduces muscular myofascial dysfunction and relieves muscular pain. Dry needling doesn’t involve the flow of chi, but rather functionally deactivates abnormally tight or seized-up muscle fibers.
What types of health issues can dry needling and acupuncture address?
Both therapies address a wide range of issues that stem from neurological and muscular origins. These include:
- Lower back pain
Acupuncture is also powerful when it comes to addressing digestive and reproductive disorders.
How do dry needling, acupuncture, and chiropractic work together to heal the body?
Activation of the acupuncture meridians prompts the nervous system to release healing and pain-relieving compounds into your spinal cord and muscles. Chiropractic care physically readjusts your joints and vertebrae to stimulate the nervous system. Dry needling address muscular tension in ways neither chiropractic or acupuncture can.
Together, these three modalities offer a system of healing that comprehensively addresses the needs of your body. You approach health issues from multiple angles, resulting in faster resolution of pain or injury.
Combining the therapies soothes tension and stress and can even enhance functioning of the immune system. Used in combination, these treatments effectively correct imbalances and boost natural healing so your health is restored. You’ll experience a reduction in inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain, as well as improved range of motion and flexibility in your joints.
Do acupuncture and dry needling hurt?
Acupuncture and dry needling are well tolerated by most people. Performed correctly, acupuncture shouldn’t hurt, but can cause energy manifestations that make you feel uncomfortable at times during treatment.
The insertion of the needles during a dry needling session doesn’t hurt, but the release of tension in the muscles can be uncomfortable – especially if they’re seriously compromised.