Eastern medicine refers to Trigger Points, or isolated places in the muscle where pain exists or causes referred pain. According to Chinese medical theory, a trigger point is called an “ah shi” point – a tender region of the body. Many factors can lead to the development of a trigger point, these include, but are not limited to: Acute injury, wear and tear, or energy blockage.
Energy blocks can cause tight knots or ropy bands to develop in the muscle, leading to tension and aches. The blood and energy flow within these regions becomes impeded and promotes painful, involuntary muscle dysfunction. Sports Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for athletic conditions because it promotes free blood flow and energy, as well as tissue regeneration. The increase in circulation helps to eliminate pain, promoting muscle relaxation and healing.
During an acupuncture session at Sage, you will notice that your muscles may tingle or twitch upon needling, despite the procedure being painless. This response is a good sign and means that the point is being properly activated and re-polarized.