E-stim enhanced acupuncture has also been shown to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion and improve motor function. Electroacupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in your peripheral nervous system. These ultimately work their way into the central nervous system and help to block pain signals.
The people who benefit most from trigger point therapies often have been injured in some way. For instance, a sports injury or the lingering effects of a car accident might be clinically healed, and yet they will still have pain. While the physical damage has healed, it is believed that there can be residual disruption between the affected tissues and your nervous system. This is one scenario where contemporary medical acupuncture is optimal. Work In Progress uses our means-tested therapies to reset the relationship between the affected areas and your central nervous system.
Another type of therapy available to those looking for alternative pain management is dry needling. Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular stimulation, is a practice that uses short, thin needles to stimulate and subsequently relax muscles that are irritated, knotted, sore, or in some other way malfunctioning. Dry needling is considered a trigger point therapy as it treats the affected area directly at the source, unlike traditional acupuncture that relies on an interconnectedness of acupoints that can be stimulated simultaneously to create a feeling of wellness and relaxation. Instead, dry needling involves focused insertion over a shorter period of time, or repeated insertion known as pistoning or sparrow pecking, at the point causing discomfort to relax the area and release pain-relieving endorphins. The type of dry needling you receive will depend on your condition and the recommendation of one of our licensed acupuncturists. While acupuncture has been around for millennia, dry needling in NYC is a relatively new practice. Research of this practice is still ongoing, however initial findings show it can be an effective treatment for sports injuries, fibromyalgia pain, and other intramuscular pain. If you are suffering from intramuscular pain or a chronic pain condition that is showing little relief with other forms of therapy, then discuss dry needling with one of our acupuncturists. We’ll consider all the options available in order to relieve your symptoms and leave you pain-free. Contact us today for a consultation.