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Acupoint injection is the injection of substance(s) in acupuncture points and or ashi points on/in muscle, ligament or bone.
The injected substance enhances the Qi and Blood flow to the area and allows the body to regain balance and health. Generally Acupoint Injection techniques are used when regular acupuncture fails to provide the desired results or is deemed to be ineffective for the specific problem.
Acupoint injection is the TCM version of injection used by many other groups MD’s. ND’s, and Dentists. The difference with TCM injection is we look at the whole body and use TCM diagnostics to determine Qi and Blood deficiency not just where the pain is located. The Acupoint Injection is used to balance the body, and treat the area of pain. We use many different medications to regenerate muscle, ligament, even bone . The techniques can be as simple as injection in to the muscle or can involve using a TCM needling technique such as bone pecking and then injecting the material to stimulate tissue repair.
Prolotherapy is also known as non-surgical ligament reconstruction, and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Prolotherapy is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild. It is important to understand what the word Prolotherapy itself means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints – acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments also will not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
Trigger Point Injection
Trigger point injection (TPI) is used to treat extremely painful areas of muscle. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. A trigger point is a knot or tight, ropy band of muscle that forms when muscle fails to relax. The knot often can be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched (called a jump sign).
The trigger point can trap or irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain — pain felt in another part of the body. Scar tissue, loss of range of motion, and weakness may develop over time.
TPI is used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatment. Many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck, are treated by this method. TPI also can be used to treat Fibromyalgia and tension headaches.