Pain-free activity … what a fundamental joy.

The feeling you get while moving without hindrance, without hesitation and at your potential cannot be understated. Trigger Point Acupuncture is the style destined for for active people.

The pain that started innocently has now taken a significant bite out of your enjoyment of your favorite activity or sport. Now you do it less often at a lower intensity, or not at all due to your concern of making your problem worse.

Consider for a minute whether a muscular problem in one part of your body may cause problems somewhere else in your body. For example, a tight muscle on one side of a joint can pull the socket slightly out of alignment and cause joint pain.

Acupuncture is often misunderstood because the five thousand year old eastern descriptions do not fit into a modern western understanding.

A modern understanding of acupuncture includes the importance of a properly functioning muscular system. The effects that mis-behaving muscles have on seemingly unrelated pain or other health issues should not be discounted.

Traditional Acupuncture Treatment

Traditional acupuncture involves inserting tiny, sterile needles into particular points and letting them sit for a period of time. Sometimes the needles are tweaked by spinning or gentle touching.

Trigger Point Acupuncture is different.

Trigger point acupuncture is a more aggressive, direct manipulation of muscular tightness (knots) – known as trigger points. It generates repeated, involuntary twitching in the suspect muscle or muscle group and leads to an immediate reduction in tightness.  A reduction or elimination of the related problem is sometimes immediate and sometimes after a few days.

Trigger points are caused by new or old injuries, improper or over-training,  incorrect posture or body mechanics, and more. Trigger point acupuncture returns the natural balance to your muscles. It is one of the safest ways to address physical problems. The treatment usually involves only some short-term muscular soreness caused by the involuntary twitching. The soreness is similar to post workout soreness.

The Trigger Point Technique

This drug-free process involves using knowledge of probable muscular causes of your problem.  Hands-on touch then locates the unnatural tightness. The acupuncturist then inserts an ultra-thin, single-use acupuncture needle into the suspect muscle. Gently needle manipulation seeks to produce localized involuntary twitching. This reaction fatigues the tight muscle and produces an immediate reduction or elimination of the tightness. See video.

The probability of success can usually be determined within 1 to 3 treatments.

Rhonda B. Hogan, C.A. is a Licensed Acupuncturist (NJ & NY) who specializes in trigger point acupuncture for active people and athletes. Find her at www.AbsoluteQi.com. She holds a Masters in Acupuncture and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology (Lehigh). She was a competitive medium distance runner, and is currently an avid hiker and yoga practitioner. Contact her to discuss your problem.

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