Dry Needling/Modern Acupuncture

At Naperville Acupuncture Center, in addition to Classical Acupuncture, we also use more modern techniques.  One of the most popular is known as “dry-needling.”  Some of the other techniques we use are called “motor-point acupuncture” and “neurofunctional” acupuncture.  We combine these in your treatment for the best results.

Dry Needling

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling is used for the treatment of pain.  Dry needling is a type of acupuncture based on muscular anatomy and function.

Dry needling is focused on locating and treating what are known as “trigger points.”  Trigger points are taut, tender bands in the muscle tissue.  These are often located on or close to the traditional acupuncture points.  Pressing on these points can cause pain where they are or a “radiating” pain sensation.  These are often found when a person is experiencing sciatica symptoms (pain in the buttocks radiating down the leg).  Treating the trigger points will very often reduce or eliminate the radiating pain, producing tremendous relief for the patient.

Many physical therapists and chiropractors now offer dry needling. In our clinic we use thinner needles with a lighter technique, to give the patient a more comfortable, yet still very effective experience.

Motor Point Acupuncture

Motor point acupuncture is used for the treatment of muscular imbalances.  For certain pain problems, we use an assessment to find muscle weaknesses.  The motor point an area in the muscle, that when treated with acupuncture, will enhance the connection of the muscle to the nervous system.  Often times the muscle will immediately feel stronger and movement will improve.  These points are frequently treated with electrical stimulation for a more powerful result.  Motor point acupuncture is excellent for treating athletes and active people.

Neurofunctional Acupuncture

The traditional acupuncture points are located in neurologically significant areas.  Neurofunctional acupuncture requires a deep understanding of the nervous system and its function.  It requires advanced training.  This is an exceptionally powerful method for treating neuropathy, sciatica, and other hard to treat problems.