Orthopedic Acupuncture Treatment
Our approach to treatment is determined after your evaluation and may include
one or more of the following methods to properly address pain management.
Motor Point Acupuncture
Motor point acupuncture is the stimulation of motor points—synapses between muscles and motor nerves either by needle alone or with electricity. Stimulation of the motor point produces involuntary twitches in the target muscles, helping to reset dysfunctional muscles and to correct abnormal muscle function. Often this method is used for muscles that are atrophied or inhibited and not responding to traditional physical therapies.
Trigger Point Acupuncture or Dry Needling
Trigger Point Acupuncture/ dry needling is an indispensable tool in treating myofascial (muscle and fascia) pain. It works by releasing hyperactive trigger points that refer pain across nerve, muscle, and connective tissue in predictable patterns. Dry needling refers to the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles (opposed to an injection) to release these trigger points. .....When trigger points are "deactivated" through dry needling they normalize and
become less irritable, inducing local tissue repair.
Electo-acupuncture uses electricity on the needles to help modulate the nervous system and block pain signaling. Different frequencies are used on different tissue types for effective pain reduction.
Neurofunctional Acupuncture combines Motor Point, Electro and Traditional Acupuncture targetting both the motor point of the muscle as well as the central and peripheral nervous system through the needling of appropriate spinal segments and distal points. This can decrease pain by working on the signals sent through both the CNS and the PNS helping with chronic pain that has become patterned into the body.
TDP Lamp Heat Therapy
The TDP lamp is a specific electromagnetic lamp that produce far infrared (below visible light) emissions (2–50 micro-metre range). TDP is an acronym for “Teding Diancibo Pu” which loosely translated means specific electromagnetic spectrum. The lamp is used to increase microcirculation, to loosen fascia and muscles, and to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body.
the TDP lamp is different from other far-infrared heating devices. It contains a heated mineral plate made of a proprietary formula of 33 trace elements, which stimulates your body to heal naturally.
Cupping or Gua Sha
Cupping is a method that uses suction created by a flame or a suction gun to increase circulation and stretch the tissue. Guasha is a method that uses pressure/scraping with a ceramic or stone tool to achieve the same effect. These methods of therapy are especially effective for pain management and increasing blood and lymphatic flow.
Injury Phases &
Your treatment plan and approach will depend on your pain phase (acute or
chronic) and your overall health.
The acute injury phase happens after an injury occurs and can last up to 7 days. This phase is the classic inflammatory response of swelling, redness, pain and possibly a sensation of heat. With mild strains, sprains or microscopic tearing, you may not even notice any swelling or redness. Different tissue types can heal faster or slower than others.
72 hours - 6 weeks after injury we enter the repair phase, when swelling and
inflammation are reduced or gone but stiffness may remain due to the body's
protective mechanisms. During this time the body is repairing tissue and laying
down new collagen. After 3wks- 6months, collagen starts to become organized
based on how a person moves. During this remodeling phase, improper body
mechanics can lead to mal-adaption and disorganized tissue repair.
Improper healing at prior phases or underlying health issues can lead to chronic
pain. Improper tissue repair can lead to decreased blood and fluid flow through the
injured area. The nervous system may develop a pain pattern, wherein the body
is no longer responding to the injury but to the pattern. Identifying and treating the
underlying cause of chronic pain is our treatment goal.
Treatment Stage 1
In subacute pain phases, we start our treatments by looking for and addressing motor inhibitions or muscles that are not engaging properly when prompted by the brain. We also begin soft tissue correction treatment. If you are still in the acute phase we can help you with topical and internal herbs to reduce swelling and inflammation as well as help with tissue repair.
Treatment Stage 2
If you are a chronic pain patient or have more prevalent health problems we start here. It is important to address the function of your nervous system and how it is dealing with pain. Our goal is to decrease your nervous system's response to stimuli, block pain messages, and increase blood and nerve function from the spine. In acute and subacute pain our second stage of treatment focusses on increased
blood flow and function to the muscles as well as continued soft tissue correction.