Sciatica, back, neck, shoulder, or other chronic pain can wreak havoc on your health, but there are treatments you can use to feel better, such as dry needling or acupuncture.

Dry needling and acupuncture — two similar yet different procedures — use needles to loosen your body’s muscles, relieving pain, and stress. We find that patients experience tremendous improvement in pain relief with these treatments.

However, you need professionals you can trust. Upstate Spine & Sport offers both dry needling and acupuncture in Greenville, SC. We’re a practice run by licensed chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists with years of experience helping people find pain relief. We offer premium, well-rounded care that will address your pain and provide recommendations to prevent it from returning.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal treatment dating back over 2,000 years ago. Acupuncturists use small, dry needles, inserting them into your skin at specific points. Endorphins release once the needles make contact with your muscles, releasing tension and pain.

Moreover, acupuncture revolves around the idea of chi, or energy flow. Essentially, the right needle placement can improve your body’s energy state, releasing pent-up bad energy that causes pain. Don’t be confused though, acupuncture is also a deeply modern approach.

At Upstate Spine & Sport, our professionals have years of training and proper certifications, ensuring expert acupuncture care. Our approach is thorough, too; we begin by placing needles at specific locations and then gently twirl them before removing them. It takes anywhere from ten to 30 minutes.

However, acupuncture doesn’t just help with muscle pain. Stress relief, immune system healing, sinus problems: these issues and many more respond well to acupuncture treatment. We even find that mental health conditions improve with acupuncture, so consider this fact when choosing between dry needling or acupuncture.

What Is Dry Needling?

Many patients aren’t sure about what makes dry needling different from acupuncture. While both modalities involve placing dry needles into your body, we use dry needling when we need to focus on muscle knots and pressure.

Dry needling comes in two forms: in-and-out and non-trigger point needling. In-and-out needling is simple; we insert and remove a needle in a quick fashion to stimulate blood flow. Over the course of one session — ten to 30 minutes — we’ll target your body’s sore spots, eliminating tension and pressure from your system.

Non-trigger point needling takes an indirect approach, targeting peripheral areas near sore spots. That way, we can heal your body’s nervous system from the ground up. We find that patients experiencing severe muscle pain, like sciatica or hip pain, benefit the most from dry needling.

Like acupuncture, dry needling is safe, but you need experts that understand the process and proper techniques. At Upstate Spine & Sport, we prioritize your safety above all else, so you won’t have to worry about complications arising from treatment.

How Do I Choose Between Dry Needling or Acupuncture?

So, you’re not exactly sure whether you need dry needling or acupuncture. How can you choose between these two treatments? At Upstate Spine & Sport, we can take the stress out of this decision.

Medical history, specific conditions: we take these two factors into account, then perform an examination, after which we’ll know which treatment is best for you. It’s that simple.

We have the experience and knowledge to tell when you’d best benefit from one treatment over the other. Acupuncture tends to have a broader treatment scope, while we prefer dry needling for deep muscle issues.

We can also include other treatment techniques for your plan. Interested in massage therapy or chiropractic care? We’ll incorporate these treatments into your plan if appropriate.

Acupuncture & Dry Needling in Greenville, SC | Upstate Spine & Sport

Don’t suffer from pain in silence. If you’re having chronic pain regularly, we can help! Upstate Spine & Sport provides dry needling and acupuncture to help relieve your pain, so you can get back to your pain free life.

Greenville is home to us, and we’re so proud to serve our local community. Our team has the experience and training needed to help locals obtain a greater quality of life. Best of all, however, is our compassionate, loving touch; when you visit us for dry needling or acupuncture, you’re with family!

Contact our team at (864) 400-8005 to schedule an appointment.

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