Acupuncture is the use of a needle inserted into the body to produce a physiological therapeutic effect. In physical therapy, we use acupuncture to decrease pain, inflammation, muscle tension, and to normalize the nervous system.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin, it produces a local stimulus which travels into the spinal cord, and to the brain. The stimulus alters hormones such as cortisol and endorphins changing the initial unpleasant sensation that would have been sent to the brain. For example, acupuncture decreases inflammation by stimulating the release of cortisol from the adrenal gland – a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
Acupuncture can also cause release of endorphins and seratonins from the central nervous system, producing an analgesic effect on the body. Acupuncture can help with conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and muscle and ligament strain/sprains
Dry Needling Therapy