Acupuncture is a system of healing most likely developed in Asia over the past 3,000 years. Your body has a built in ability to regulate itself through many checks and balances in the nervous and hormonal systems. Acupuncture is able to tap into this power by stimulating specific points with hair-thin needles. There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the human body. All have different physiological functions and indications. These points have been shown to conduct electricity differently on the surface of the skin than non-acupuncture points. Western science has verified that acupuncture causes many documentable changes in the body. Acupuncture has been shown to trigger the release of pain-relieving endorphins in the body, mediate the inflammation process, regulate hormones, release muscle tension, and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.
For musculoskeletal issues trigger points and motor points may also be used during treatment. Trigger points are tight ropy bands of muscle that refer pain upon deep pressure. Motor points are defined as the most electrically excitable part of the muscle.
Estim or Electrical Stimulation may also be used with certain conditions.