Acupuncture & Dry Needling
FoRM offers both acupuncture and dry needling services to help relieve pain, modulate muscle and connective tissue/fascia tension, increase circulation, and support healing. Dr Minarik finds dry needling particularly effective for certain athletic and musculoskeletal complaints. Sprains and strains often have guarding related to damage at the joint or tendon injured. Arthritis typically has compensatory muscle guarding or imbalances. Repetitive and overuse injuries almost by definition have region so chronically tight muscles. There are various acupuncture “techniques” (how and where needles are applied), as well as modalities used in conjunction (cupping, GuaSha, electric stimulation, infrared, and more). Sessions are tailored to the patient’s condition, and typically involve a mix of dry needling and standard acupuncture techniques. [For more, see FAQ What is the Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?]
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Tension or strain headaches
- Sprains and strains
- Low back and spinal related pain
- Tennis elbow
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Shin splints
THANK YOU!!!! So as of today, I am able to box squat 165 for 3 and 155 for 5 with no hip pain. I just added air squats in and wall balls without pain and some lunging.
I will make an appointment soon for needling but I can't believe how much better my hip feels. I still have moments where walking up hill bugs it but it is doable. I can walk my dog around the block now. So happy about that!
- SW (CrossFit Athlete with Hip Labral tear, treated with PRP and Dry Needling)
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Acupuncture is based on a 2000+ year old system of Chinese philosophy which at a very basic level looks at the human body as essentially an energetic system existing in a state of fluctuating balance/imbalance. Meridians, or channels, in the body related to an organ network (similar, but not synonymous with anatomic organs) help identify sites of blockage or imbalance where needles can be inserted. Systemic imbalances, again related to the organs and the overall state of the person, are further treated with medications, herbs, food/nutrient choices etc that aim to restore the imbalance. This Chinese Medicine view is complex, needing extensive training in the philosophy to fully understand it, or at least its application from a health standpoint. Attempts to prove or understand it from a Western medical or anatomical view are difficult as basically it is like speaking two different languages or religions, i.e. intermixing French and Japanese when speaking, or trying to explain Christianity through Buddhist terms. Acupuncture applied from within its own context can be very effective for a variety of conditions, as proven both in studies and by its presence in medical care for over 2 millennia.
Dry needling, in contrast, is based on a strict Western anatomical basis. Regions of tight, constricted muscles are identified. Needles are inserted into (often) predictable sites of the muscles, usually motor or trigger points, and manipulated until a twitch in the muscles is elicited. This twitch is basically a quick contraction of the muscle. The twitch is essential; when a muscle contracts it typically then causes a reflexive relaxation of that muscle, thereby calming or re-setting the tone of the muscle.
Interestingly, and where the debate often comes in across different practitioners, is that acupuncture points often coincide or overlap with the points used in dry needling. This is of no surprise, however, and helps prove both therapies when you consider that two different viewpoints or philosophies end up with the same therapeutic site.
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