(from Latin, 'acus' (needle) + 'punctura' (to puncture)[1]) is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body using thin needles

 What is Functional Integrative Acupuncture?

Functional Integrative Acupuncture or FIA is a "western medicine" type acupuncture, and is well known as DRY NEEDLING. It is used as a method of pain relief for trigger points or trigger bands found in muscles. FIA or dry needling works to locally increase blood flow to a muscle, to allow it to heal. When puncturing a trigger band or trigger point, we are essentially cutting the muscle tissue to allow it to bleed, and therefore promote the healing process. Along side a local response to the muscle, a systemic effect of opioid release (in the form of endorphines) for pain relief, as well as anti-inflammatory agents, occurs.  

Traditional acupuncture is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that uses needle insertion to specific points of the body on specific channels, know as meridian's, to help balance Qi or the "life energy" of the body. 

What can Functional Integrative Acupuncture help with?

  • Sciatic Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Problems
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Iiliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Tennis or Golfers Elbow
  • Calf and Achillies Tendonopathies
  • Anterior Hip Impingement
  • TMJ Disorders

How are acupuncture needles different from vaccine needles?

Vaccine needles and needles that are used to draw blood are beveled on the end, meaning they physically cut the tissue they are penetrating.  Acupuncture needles are not beveled and therefore, do not cause significant pain upon insertion because they are not cutting through the skin. The acupuncture needles used in our office have a rounded tip on them, designed to slide easily into tissue as painless as possible.