Acupuncture & Dry Needling
Western acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points. It’s a version of Chinese acupuncture and uses similar points. However, Western acupuncture uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. The effects are often described by central nervous system changes (shown on functional MRI) and local neural reflexes. The modes of action include local axon reflexes, segmental and extra-segmental neuromodulation, and other central nervous system effects. Therefore, Western acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, but its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi. Acupuncture is a gentle alternative to other soft tissue therapies.