WHAT IS BIOMEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Biomedical Acupuncture (BMA), which includes dry needling, is the placement of fine needles into soft tissue (not nerves or bones) for a therapeutic purpose. It is the modern application of acupuncture developed from evidence-based medical research. BMA is the scientific study and research process to discover what specific biological mechanisms make acupuncture needlng effective. It studys both the brain and the body with tools such as fMRI, blood analysis, EMG and others to continue to enhance the understanding and therapy of BMA.
How does Biomedical Acupuncture work?
BMA promotes healing in soft tissue by relieving muscle tension and inflammation via mechanical and biochemical functions.
Mechanical: BMA needles create microscopic holes, allowing blood to flow and carry oxygen to tense muscles. Oxygen helps muscles relax, relieving pressure and pain. BMA stimulates healing by prompting the body to generate healthy tissue.
Biochemical: BMA triggers the release of endorphins and other natural biochemicals into the bloodstream. Biochemicals promote the body’s natural healing response locally and systemically to reduce pain and inflammation, decrease stress, enhance mood, and regulate hormone and immune systems.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a special technique included in BMA used to relieve muscle shortening that causes myofascial pain and trigger points (muscular knots).
How does Biomedical Acupuncture differ from traditional acupuncture?
Traditional forms of acupuncture have existed not only in Asia, but all over the world for thousands of years. Most of these cultures had no contact or prior knowledge of others around the world practicing "acupuncture." What this tells us is that there are universal and biological mechanisms that allow acupuncture to work, and not one specific culture's pre-scientific beliefs.
How does Biomedical Acupuncture work with other treatments?
Biomedical Acupuncture generally works in harmony with other treatments, such as prescription drugs, prescribed exercise therapy and massage. In some cases, however, multiple treatment regimens may be incompatible, so it is important to notify us when you undergo other forms of treatment.
Does Biomedical Acupuncture hurt?
Everybody’s sensation of pain is different. Sometimes, you can feel a muscle burn when an acupuncture needle is inserted. When the needle unlocks a muscle tissue, you may feel a twitch or spasm. Releasing the muscle relieves pain.
Does acupuncture cause bleeding?
Sometimes acupuncture causes a small amount of bleeding from the place of needle insertion.
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