Acupuncture has often been referred to as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. It has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. In recent years, acupuncture has become more and more popular in traditional medical settings. It has been widely used for many years for chronic pain, including headaches, spinal pain and referred or extremity pain (pain in the arms or legs). Acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling (a specific type of acupuncture treatment) are now widely used in acute care settings, such as some emergency rooms and acute care orthopedic and sports medicine clinics. Robb Reed, DC, CCSP, utilizes acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling with many of the Perham Health Sports Medicine patients. Trigger Point Dry Needling is also widely used in many military physical medicine clinics.
More recently, acupuncture has become more commonplace in acute care settings and sports medicine clinics as a way of managing acute inflammation and acute muscle pain. This technique is sometimes referred to as “dry needling” and it is used quite extensively in physical rehabilitation settings, including with the US Military.