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Acupuncture for muscle knots and tension: does it work?

Acupuncture uses needles of different lengths and as Acupuncturists we are trained to insert needles to an appropriate depth.  It typically ranges from 0.5 inches and upwards.  Some points require shallow insertion and some parts of the body require deeper, such as needles used for jaw tension compared to tight knots in the glutes or leg muscles.  The ability to choose the right needle depth and specific point is the exact skill we are trained to do.

Acupuncture needles themselves are designed to be longer and thinner than your average human finger.  This design enables them to penetrate the skin and underlying soft tissues and fibres with greater precision and therefore have a greater impact on the fascia and muscle which is causing pain.

Here are 6 ways in which acupuncture can help with muscle knots and tension:

1.     Pain killer: Acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killing hormones.

2.     Improving blood flow: Inserting needles into the muscle can improve blood flow to the area and release muscle tension.

3.     Stress reduction: If muscle tension has been brought on by stress, Acupuncture is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system, therefore reducing the tension.

4.     Release of trigger points: An acupuncturist can target “trigger points,” which are hyperirritable spots in the muscle, which will then release the tension.

5.     Range of motion: when muscle knots are targeted or indeed the fascia surrounding the knots, a muscle will have better range of motion and ability to stretch

6.     Nerve impulse modulation:  Acupuncture can have an influence over these signals are transmitted, which helps with the muscle discomfort.

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