Dry needling and trigger point therapy has been used for decades in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture but it’s become an increasingly popular drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.
Just like in acupuncture we use thin, dry needles — “dry” in the sense that they don’t inject anything into the body — that are inserted through the skin into the muscle tissue. Our main focus is muscle and connective tissue and trying to restore mobility.
How Does It Work?
When muscles are overused or strained, they can develop knotted areas called myofascial trigger points that are irritable and cause pain.
An overused muscle undergoes an energy crisis where, because of prolonged or inappropriate contraction, the muscle fibers are no longer getting adequate blood supply. If it’s not getting that normal blood supply, it’s not getting the oxygen and nutrients that will allow the muscle to go back to its normal resting state.
The tissue near the trigger point becomes more acidic, and the nerves are sensitized, which makes the area sore or painful.
Stimulating a trigger point with a needle helps draw normal blood supply back to flush out the area and release the tension. When muscles are this tense, even the prick sensation can also fire off nerve fibers that stimulate the brain to release endorphins – the body’s own “homemade pain medication.”
To locate a patient’s trigger points, we palpate, searching for painful, knotty areas and perform orthopedic testing.
Once a trigger point is located, the we insert a needle through the skin directly into it. At times we might need to move the needle around a bit to try to elicit what’s called a local twitch response, which is a quick spasm of the muscle. This reaction can actually be a good sign that the muscle is reacting.
Some patients feel improvement and change in their pain and mobility almost immediately after a dry needling session.
It’s important to continue to keep the affected muscles loose by continuing to move them within their new range of motion after treatment, he adds. There can be some soreness for 24 to 48 hours afterward.
Our Sessions Combine Dry Needling, Gaston, Cupping, and KT Taping As Needed To Address Fascia and Muscle Pain Mobility Issues
Microneedling is a state-of-the-art, medical aesthetic procedure that encourages your skin to revitalize and renew itself naturally. It is an innovative, more affordable and gentler alternative to laser resurfacing treatments and chemical peels.
Microneedling achieves smoother and younger looking skin with minimal downtime.
Microneedling stimulates your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, scars, and other signs of aging on the face or anywhere on the body.
We use the new, state-of-the-art FDA approved MD Pen. This medical grade microneedling device penetrates deeper than others – with finer, more comfortable needles.
Results after 5 sessions
Results after 6 sessions
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Your gut has an incredible amount of control over your overall health but it can be kind of confusing to understand why or how to identify what symptoms are cause for concern.
The gut microbiome contains a mix of good and bad bacteria that plays many important roles in our body: protecting against dangerous bacteria, regulating metabolism, aiding in digestion, creating vitamins, managing hormone levels, and disposing of toxins. It makes sense when there's a deficiency in the system
Spring is nature's birthing season, where green and newness becomes abundant. It signals a six-month period of daylight, the sun, and that yang will be dominating our lives here in the northern hemisphere. It is a time for fresh starts, reflection, new ideas, and exciting plans as energy everywhere ramps up.
Remember that in every season food is medicine.
Eating fresh and in season produce at your local farmers market is ideal, with an emphasis on leafy greens, lettuces, sprouts, and live vital foods. These foods are associated with freshening, cleansing, and building the body. Eating more green foods increases the intake of chlorophyll into our systems and our blood. This is extremely beneficial in oxygenating and purifying our blood which reduces systemic inflammation. This can be accomplished by taking a supplement or simply by eating more green foods.
So let's celebrate this beautiful spring by embracing the wood element and its values! Here are some ideas for the transition:
- *Let Go! Leave behind resentment or frustrations and make a plan to start anew.
- *Make some noise! Anger is the emotion of the unbalanced wood element; when channeled properly, it can be a force for change and transformation.
- *Grow! Plant some seeds or starts to feel connected to nature's cycles.
- *Choose! Make a plan and begin it. The wood element has strong creative energy so paths chosen at this time are more likely to manifest.
- *Cleanse! Make some dietary changes to support your liver and gallbladder, the wood element's organs. Add more leafy greens and drink more liquids to detoxify.
- *Heal! Acupuncture treatments are a great way of moving stagnation both physically and emotionally.
The second product that I really like, and in a perfect world I would start all my patients on for a month before treatment is curcumin. It is a potent anti inflammatory- in the gut or otherwise. In Chinese Medicine we use curcumin for pain, abdominal pain, menstrual pain, and shoulder pain. Our product from Designs for Health is bioavailable and really effective.
Welcome to the Year of the Metal Ox!
February 26th marks the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
If you haven't already, its a time to take stock, and to set positive intentions for the coming year. The key to wisdom this year is acceptance. The Ox is: strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspires confidence in others, calm, patient and methodical.
We all want to take control of our health, and since our healthcare system isn't designed for prevention, we are on our own to research and make the best choices we can. Instagram is just saturated with health and wellness folks that promise the same tanned and toned thighs that they have by following their diets and exercise regimes or buying their supplements.
- Your ability to metabolize fats may not be the same as that ripped keto person.
- You may be harboring infections in your gut that cause your cortisol to elevate at night and disrupt your sleep.
- Maybe you feel terrible after you exercise and don't get that "elevated" feeling so many people speak of.
We practice the Kalish Method of functional medicine. We test your Adrenal, GI, and Detox systems, and make a plan based on your personal circumstances. We correct the problems in the order that they occurred. We check to be sure that your endocrine system is balanced before we jump into a GI program, so that your body can maintain a balanced state on its own. We take the seemingly random chaos of symptoms and organize them into logical physiologic systems and address the problems systematically.
Questions? Book a complimentary consult with us, we're here t help!
We, too, had concerns but we did our research and talked with each other and other health care providers. We weighed our concerns, our research, the enormous toll the pandemic is taking, and our commitment as healthcare practitioners to do no harm. We concluded that getting vaccinated as soon as we’re eligible is the right decision for us. Here we are a few weeks later, feeling lucky to have gotten it.
Jennifer and Elanita both received the Moderna vaccine and agree that the first dose was much easier to handle than the second dose. While we experienced nausea, chills, mild fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and fatigue about 12 hours after the second dose, symptoms had mostly resolved after 36-48 hours and we don't have one ounce of regret. We understood that our symptoms we're really side effects per say but an immune response which is what we wanted.
- It’s a good idea to go into the vaccine being well rested, well hydrated, and well nourished. The vaccine is "asking” a lot of your body. So give it the best chance you can.
- To lessen arm pain, we used a strategy of arm movement immediately afterwards, and reported minimal soreness that did last a few days.
- Another effective strategy is to use a topical liniment or salve over the injection site. If you have one of these on hand, use it after the injection and repeatedly throughout the next 24-48 hours: BioFreeze or arnica gel. We loved our Pain Away CBD Salve. If you don't have any at home, contact our front desk and we can get some to you before your first shot (its also great for aches and pains in general).
- The variety of other symptoms include: fatigue, body aches, chills, irritability, etc, more so after the 2nd than the first. But don’t assume you’ll feel badly, my husband had very minimal symptoms after both doses.. I think this is a case of hope for the best, plan for the possibility of feeling crappy for a few days. Don't plan a heavy schedule the next day or two after the vaccine. If you do feel poorly, remind yourself you are not sick (you cannot get COVID from the vaccine), this will pass, and thank your body for learning how to defend itself!
- If your symptoms are severe (which is very rare), we are here to help and support how ever we can but please call your medical doctor first or contact your injection site.
- These include symptoms like difficulty breathing, swelling and inflammation that does not resolve, injection site infections, etc.
- We have great herbal formulas and advice ready for you after you discuss serious symptoms with your MD.