The main objective behind FiliformNeedle.com is to inform the public about the large community of acupuncturists who practice several styles of acupuncture that fall within the field of sports and orthopaedic medicine. While traditional styles of acupuncture are very effective in the treatment of many conditions, most of the public considers acupuncture as a form of mind/body therapy clumped together with yoga, tai chi, reiki, meditation, etc., etc.
And while it is true that Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a branch, does address the human body from a holistic angle which includes the emotions, it is also true that today, acupuncture plays an important role in the treatment of muscle-skeletal conditions including sports injuries and that the filiform needle is the tool of choice.
In fact, acupuncture is so effective in the treatment of pain from sports injuries, car accidents, and trauma of various origins, that allied professionals have adopted the acupuncturist’s tool, the filiform needle, to restore function and decrease pain under the umbrella of “Dry Needling”, “Trigger Point” “Intramuscular Manual Therapy”, and so on.
Orthopaedic Acupuncture (OA) is an approach to restoring function by treating acute and chronic myofascial pain with modern day understanding of anatomy, physiology, orthopaedic testing, kinesiology, and soft tissue manipulation. Techniques used by OA practitioners include dry needling acupuncture , trigger point acupuncture, motor point acupuncture, electrical stimulation, gua sha (AKA Graston Technique), Acupoint/trigger point Injection Therapy, soft tissue manipulation, and therapeutic exercises. OA practitioners are well versed in orthopaedic assessment methods.
A Motor Point is the location in a muscle where a nerve sends signals to cause movement. Known as the neuromuscular junction, motor points can be stimulated by way of acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation to remove muscle inhibition, thus restoring function and often relieving pain.
Dry Needling is a modern term used to describe the penetration of the skin with a filiform needle (acupuncture needle), during the treatment of trigger points in myofascial pain disorders. The term “dry needling” evolved from the use of hypodermic needles where local anesthetics were injected into painful muscles. This method presented several risks to the patient and soon the use of saline solutions replaced anesthetic injections with positive results. Physicians at that time, began to question if the saline solution was even necessary. Experiments with the hypodermic needle without injecting a substance proved to be equally beneficial and the term “dry” needling was coined.
The procedure, while effective, proved to be too painful due to the cutting edges of the hypodermic needle. The solution was to use acupuncture needles.