We use a combination of both dry needling and acupuncture because they complement one another so nicely.
Dry needling is phenomenal with releasing tight, tender muscles. By stimulating the small free nerve endings in the muscle we are able to “reset” the muscle tone similar to flipping the switch of a circuit breaker when there is a short. It is called "dry" needling because nothing is injected into the skin by the needle. Painful, tight muscles are palpated then needled appropriately.
Acupuncture involves needling specific meridian points according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. From an evidence-based perspective, the mechanisms upon which acupuncture works are numerous. From local neuro-chemical changes in the soft tissues to reduce inflammation to effecting the central nervous system to reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia via boosting the parasympathetics (the “rest and digest” aspect of our autonomic nervous system). Acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain syndromes, headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety; as well as, hormone imbalances especially related to menopause.