Last week we spoke about medical pain management for trigger points. Today we will talk about Acupuncture trigger point therapy. Our medical doctor uses tiny needles to break up the trigger points. Acupuncture also uses needles, but not necessarily for trigger points. As explained last week; Trigger points are very painful knots of muscle that form under the dermis, or skin. Alone they hurt but most times they interfere or irritate the nerves around them. These nerves travel to parts of the body so pressing on one can refer pain to other parts of the body. Acupuncture traditionally involves incerting tiny needles on parts of the body for a period of time. With Acupuncture trigger point therapy, it is a bit different. It involves strong manipulation of tight muscles, or knots. Acupuncture trigger point treatment tries to generate repeated, involuntary twitching of the affected muscle, or group of muscles. This usually results in immediate reduction of tightness as well as the elimination of all related dysfunctions. Regardless of whether the trigger points are acute of chronic, from a sports injury or from body compensation, or just every day activities of daily living. Acupuncture trigger point therapy acts to return your muscles to it’s proper functioning position and balance. And it is done naturally. It is safe and doesn’t involve long periods of treatments, or side effects. The biggest side of effect of Acupuncture trigger point treatments, is muscle soreness for a bit after. It’s kind of the soreness you would feel when you return to the gym after being away for a while. A good soreness. Once the muscle spasms are reduced, the acupuncturist may use tiny needles to further relax the spasmed and twitching muscles. He does all this treatment is a relaxing, spa like room, with peaceful muscle playing. If you are suffering from trigger points and want a safe, drug free approach, please give Breakthrough Wellness Center a call. San, the acupuncturist will sit down with you and explain the treatment. He will also let you know if it will help you individually.