Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce both chronic and acute pain conditions. However, not all styles of acupuncture are alike. Trigger Point or Motor Point Release are the styles that are the most effective for treating pain due to accidents and injuries. This is my area of expertise.
Trigger Point release was research and developed by cardiologist, Dr. Janet Travell, JFK’s doctor during his years in the White House. Dr. Travell noted that all muscles when palpated at specific locations, if they are constricted, will have “trigger points” that cause a predictable pain pattern.
Trigger Point acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the trigger points causing the muscle to fasciculate or twitch. This twitching engages a protective mechanism in the muscle that signals the nervous system to release the tension, reflexively. When trigger point acupuncture is combined with good nutrition and restful sleep it allows the body to heal and regain balance.
Chronic pain injuries are often a result of repetitive stress, an old accident or sports/dance injury that didn’t heal correctly or a result of a lack of exercise. Treating chronic pain with acupuncture provides immediate relief of the tension in muscles and soft tissue like tendons and ligaments. These structures compress nerves causing pain and organ dysfunction and can cause uneven wear on bones eventually resulting in arthritis.