What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment which involves the insertion of very thin needles into your tissue at various strategic points. It is used most often for pain relief, but also can assist with stress reduction. It was developed in China thousands of years ago, and has been constantly studied and adapted over the years as more intensive research methods have developed. The traditional application of acupuncture (otherwise known as traditional Chinese medicine) is an approach that stimulates the body's natural healing response through application of needles around specific pathways (or meridians) around the body. It can help alleviate pain and improve function of injured areas.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a more modern take on traditional acupuncture. It also uses thin needles to stimulate specific areas of the body, however it involves intramuscular stimulation, or needle application directly into the trigger points of specific muscles. You know those muscle knots you just feel you can't get out sometimes? Dry needling applied to these muscle knots helps deactivate the trigger points in those muscles by releasing the fascial tissue and reducing neuromuscular activation of the affected muscle. It can have nearly immediate effects on muscle trigger point release, however is a bit more uncomfortable to have done compared to traditional acupuncture.
How is electrical stimulation used?
Electrical stimulation is used to help create muscle twitches on affected areas and help stimulate the region where the needle is inserted. It can be more beneficial to help stimulate muscle release, but also in stimulating your body's natural pain relieving systems.
What is FEAT?
FEAT - Fascial Energy Acupuncture Technique is an acupuncture technique that focuses on the meridian theory of traditional acupuncture together with the Traditional Chinese Medicine Yin-Yang theory. It combines specific acupuncture point stimulation with manipulation techniques, often resulting in significant decreases in pain and improved function.