How Does It Work?
Research has found that acupuncture induces the release of natural opioids originating from the central nervous system. Acupuncture can also aid in suppressing pain using a conditioning stimulation known as diffuse noxious inhibitory control. This mechanism activates many different nerve fibers that are also activated by the injection of analgesic substances into a muscle. In simplistic terms, acupuncture provides this noxious stimulus to the body that will suppress the pain signals that are being sent to the brain.
Contemporary Acupuncture interventions aim to facilitate modulation of neurological activity at every level identified as having been disturbed. The ultimate goal is to promote self-regulation of the nervous system.
There are numerous high quality studies that claim the effect of acupuncture is statistically significant in reducing soft tissue pain in many areas of the body. Acupuncture may be a tool that physical therapists can use to treat soft tissue injuries more effectively and with faster pain relief than your traditional conservative care.