Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to acupuncture developed over the past twenty-five years. Inspired by French and Japanese meridian styles of acupuncture, and the trigger point teachings of Dr. Janet Travell, APM assessment and treatment takes as its basis a patient's actual experience of illness or distress. Rather than a theoretical textbook diagnosis, APM assessment of a patient focuses on palpation of the body for myofascial constrictions.
Chinese Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the general term for the style of acupuncture which most acupuncturists are trained in and the style which most people practice. There is a broad range of techniques used and treatment protocols. Most recent clinical studies regarding acupuncture usually use treatment techniques and/or protocols based on TCM Theory. According to TCM, the human body exists in a dynamic state of equilibrium between itself and its external environment, and among internal organs and their functions. Disease develops if the body is unable to adapt to changes imposed. Whether an illness arises depends on the strength of the body and its organs.
Japanese Acupuncture Japanese style acupuncture utilizes a systematic palpatory method designed to provide instant feedback. Using this approach, a Japanese Style practitioner follows a palpation sequence, establishing both a diagnosis and treatment options. The needling methods are shallow and virtually painless, using the smallest gauge needles.
What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Trigger point dry needling is a type of acupuncture that’s been gaining in popularity. It's a treatment for muscle tightness and spasm. It involves the precise insertion of acupuncture needles into tight knots of muscle called trigger points.
Trigger points are found within tight bands of muscle, they are a protective spasm within the muscle and can cause pain in peripheral areas, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and decreased mobility and chronic pain. When a needle is inserted in just the right spot, this will stimulate the muscle and can result in a noticeable twitch. The muscles contract and release, allowing the muscles to fully relax and reducing tightness, spasm, and decreasing symptoms.
This leads to immediate reduction in local and referred pain, improved range of motion, decreased irritability of trigger points and the entire muscle band, and restored blood circulation.