Is the use of small needles to restore or improve the function of altered or dysfunctional tissue. Improvement of function and the effect on the nervous system can effectively and efficiently decrease pain in many muscle and joint injuries.
The altered tissue is often a trigger point which is a tight band or nodule of muscle fibres within a muscle. By needling these fibres directly it is possible to decrease activity of the nerve and therefore the muscle resulting in decreased tension and pain.
Traditional Acupuncture has there own theories on how acupuncture works, they believe it restores energy (QI) to the body. Western acupuncture can utilise the traditional Chinese meridian points but applies it to our modern, scientific understanding of the body.