Every treatment begins with a detailed physical assessment. The assessment will look for deficits in range of motion, palpable changes in the soft tissues, and motor muscle inhibition in the muscle groups.
Motor muscle inhibition is simply when the nerve that sends the impulse to contract the muscle becomes unable to function at its optimal capacity due to chemical or physical trauma. Direct or repetitive trauma and changes in the joint like inflammation, swelling, or arthritis will trigger these changes muscle. So, any trauma, pain, or inflammation in the region of the joint or muscle belly can trigger a modification within the muscles – causing motor inhibition.
After the assessment is completed, a plan will be formulated and the treatment will begin.
Neurofunctional Acupuncture consists of many different styles of needling. Techniques are skillfully chosen in order to create the desired changes in the targeted tissues of the body.
Trigger points are a specific type of knot in the muscles. A true trigger point will refer pain to a predictable area in the body. When a trigger point is needled, a twitch reflex occurs, followed by a lengthening and relaxation of the muscle.
Motor points are also known as neuro-muscular junctions. This junction is where the motor nerve meets the muscle. When this type of point is stimulated the muscle will contract and relax which strengthens mind body connection.
When under stress, the body adapts in ways to protect itself for survival. In the short term, this can be very helpful. But, if left unchecked, over time, these adaptations can adversely effect health and performance. Essential blood supply can be restored through autonomic nervous system regulation.
There are certain points in the body where the nerves can be accessed easily. A motor nerve can be stimulated at certain points along its path to target specific muscles or groups of muscles. Cutaneous nerves can be stimulated similarly but are used more for reducing pain and improving proprioception.
Motor inhibition might prevent effective motor re-training. Neural stimulation stimulates the muscle which restores activation and muscle length within that motor unit. This restores bio mechanical function in injured tissues along the kinetic chain of movement, modifies blood flow to the tissues and regulates proprioceptive function within that muscle and joint region.
Removing or reducing muscle inhibition reduces long-term consequences associated with muscle inhibition, including susceptibility for further or other injury.”
The goal of myofascial decompression is to separate and hydrate layers of adhesive muscle and fascia. This will increase range of motion, circulation, and proprioception as well as reducing pain and stiffness. There are effective tools and manual techniques that can be used to accomplish this.
Vacuum cups combined with active range of motion are a great way to decompress myofascial tissues.
IASTM or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is another effective way to relaese and hydrate stiff muscles and fascia. IASTM is also known as guasha an Graston Technique. It is excellent for use on scar tissue and tendonitis.
There are certain places on the body that are to vulnerable for cupping or IASTM. For example, the front of the neck will respond much better to manual therapy than to tools and cuppping.
Stuck behind a computer? Bad posture? Maybe you rolled your ankle in a game? Acute pain, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, tight muscles, sore joints… Anything from a stiff neck to post surgery… If it’s pain, we’ve treated it.
As an athlete, your #1 goal should be to make sure your body is adapting to it’s challenges. Sports acupuncture can be used for sports performance optimization, injury prevention and management, and athletic career longevity.
Don’t forget that acupuncture is best used as a preventative medicine. It is perfect for relaxation, stress relief, and supporting your overall health. You don’t need to be in pain to get acupuncture.