Medical acupuncture is an evidence based advancement based on Traditional Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. It involves the insertion of fine needles in different areas of the body with the intention of treating acute and chronic pain and optimizing the function of the body.
Medical acupuncture is usually used in conjunction with manual therapies to target weak muscles, tight soft tissues, and irritated nerves. Most injuries involve an irritated nervous system, medical acupuncture helps to desensitize the system while bringing blood flow and nutrients to the necessary areas. Acupuncture has also been shown to helps stimulate the growth and healing of soft tissues.
During the treatment the practitioner determines the best treatment plan based on the injury, physical palpation, and research. Fine needles are inserted into precise points of the body. The practitioner may choose to augment the treatment with the additional use of a light electrical stimulation. Once the needles are inserted it is generally best for the patient to relax for the duration of the treatment. Treatments are generally painless, with many people reporting improvements the same day.