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Acupuncture in Huntersville

When pain is persistent, finding relief that lasts is important. Relief that is natural and holistic is even more important. OTC and prescription medications can have unwanted side effects. You want a solution that doesn’t create more problems.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are both all-natural, holistic therapies that provide pain relief. Using different applications and methods, both provide additional ways to treat and help heal our patients.

What is Acupuncture/Dry Needling?

Acupuncture is a centuries-old system of healing. One of the medical arts originating in China, thin needles are used to release stress in the affected area. Offering relief without drugs or surgery, acupuncture has greatly increased in acceptance worldwide.

Used by both Western and Eastern practitioners, patients get positive results for many injuries and conditions. Pairing acupuncture with chiropractic and other therapies provides our patients with the relief they want and need.

Dry needling, while similar to acupuncture, has a different application. Also known as intramuscular stimulation, it uses the same needles as acupuncture. That’s where the resemblances end. The needles are inserted deep into the muscle to release the trigger point or knot and stop muscle pain and spasms.

Dry needling is especially useful in treating sports injuries and during rehab. Due to its focus on muscles and the surrounding tissue, it provides much-needed pain relief for our patients.

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What to Expect

Your body’s natural energy flows freely throughout, providing energy where you need it. Channels known as meridians are used to allocate the energy. All this activity is under the control of your Central Nervous System.

If a traumatic event happens, a blockage can occur, stopping the energy and causing pain and weakness. Acupuncture accesses your meridians at points that align with your nervous system to target the source of your pain. Once stimulated, your nervous system sends potent natural painkillers to ease your pain.

Acupuncture increases circulation, delivering oxygen, nutrients, hormones and more to the cells in need. Poor circulation contributes to poor overall health. Better digestion and more restful sleep are other results of acupuncture’s calming effect on the body.

Dry needling is a much more modern technique than acupuncture. It was designed to ease muscle pain. Based on treating trigger points, knots and spasms, the needles are inserted directly into the affected area. In some cases, more needles surround the problem area to impact a broader portion of your central nervous system.

Dry needling has shown success in relieving some muscle pain and stiffness. Releasing trigger points can improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Since the needles are inserted much deeper, temporary soreness and bruising may result from dry needling. Acupuncture, which works at the surface level, is virtually painless.

How Does This Help Me?

Acupuncture may improve many of the same conditions as chiropractic such as:

  • Lower back pain or sciatica
  • Neck pain, headaches and migraines
  • TMJ
  • Recurring knee/shoulder injuries
  • Allergies and indigestion
  • Depression
  • Thyroid, hormone and fertility issues

Dry needling works with muscular injuries and conditions related to participation in sports and similar high-energy activities. It has also shown promise in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Find Out More Today

Still not sure if acupuncture or dry needling is right for you? We’d love to sit down and discuss the best options for your health. Contact Ballas Chiropractic today to make an appointment. It just might change your health and wellness outlook.


Acupuncture Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius NC | (704) 896-8080