Distal Needling (DNA), Dry Needling/Trigger Points,

Motor Point Functional Acupuncture

For Musculoskeletal Conditions

To most effectively treat musculoskeletal pain and injury I utilize 3 different acupuncture styles – distal needling acupuncture (DNA), dry needling, and motor point functional acupuncture.  The benefits of using a multi-layered approach are quick and lasting results. However, how quick and how long are dependent on the severity and duration of the issue.  Some patients experience immediate pain relief while other more complicated and chronic cases might take longer.  I typically recommend an 8 session minimum treatment plan to start, and from there it can take anywhere from 1 more session to 10 more sessions depending again on the severity and duration of the issue.

Dry needling is a term coined by Janet Travell and David Simons and is defined as inserting a “dry” needle (i.e. without a medication or drug) into a myofascial trigger point. Trigger points are hyper-irritable points in the skeletal muscle that are formed in taut bands of muscle fiber.  This can lead to neuromuscular dysfunction resulting in local and referred pain, decreased function and increased stress on surrounding structures. Acupuncture needles are inserted into these trigger points to elicit a twitch response to release and restore normal function to the muscle. 

Motor point functional acupuncture

Motor points are similar to trigger points but more importantly are found at specific sights in the body where the motor nerve enters the muscle belly. The motor nerve is responsible for telling the muscle to contract and release, and also for preventing overstretching. By stimulating the motor point with an acupuncture needle it creates an action potential, which causes fasciculation (twitching) and a “resetting” of the muscle spindle fibers. This can be extremely helpful in cases of overuse injuries such as tendinitis, which are the result of imbalance within opposing muscle groups. One muscle is excessively shortened while the antagonist is excessively lengthened. This puts excessive tension on the tendons, predisposing the area and surrounding structures to injury. By needling the motor point it resets the dysfunctioning muscles, restores function and relieves pain. By stimulating the motor nerve to induce a fasciculation in the muscle can feel like a workout! It is quite normal to have some soreness after a treatment. Applying heat and stretching is recommended after all motor point treatments.

Dr. Julie is amazing . I have been experiencing excruciating back pain for the past two weeks. She treated me today and I feel like a brand-new person

Lisa B.

Charleston, SC

Dr. Julie has been a great help with my Bells Palsy. I don’t believe I would be this far in my healing if it wasn’t for her.

Paul S.

Charleston, SC