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dry needling/acupuncture

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

not totally paleo related but has anyone here with some fibro sx had success with dry needling/acupuncture? i ahve these festering trigger points all over my thoracic spine from a flare up and i'm tempted to try this.

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on March 16, 2012
at 09:19 PM

I know right?! Going rate around here is $100+/treatment. I could only afford to go every now and then. Now I can go all the time. Love it!

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:44 PM

In that case, I highly highly second Shari's suggestion above. I've gone to three different community acupuncture clinics, and all have been quite different in quality, so make sure to try more than one!

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:29 PM

yeah i've had loads of massage. it helps but i'm tempted by the needles

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at 08:29 PM

holy crap that's cheap!

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on March 16, 2012
at 07:42 PM

I have not been helped with fibro but my sister has been. She started acupuncture a few years ago and it's really been helpful with her fibro pain. It's certainly worth a try.

I'll go ahead and plug Community acupuncture clinics if you might be interested in seeing if you have one near you. I go to a local clinic and love it especially for $15 a pop. I love that I can go regularly without worrying about the cost.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:29 PM

holy crap that's cheap!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 16, 2012
at 09:19 PM

I know right?! Going rate around here is $100+/treatment. I could only afford to go every now and then. Now I can go all the time. Love it!

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 16, 2012
at 07:52 PM

I don't have fibro but have friends who do, and most have tried acupuncture and dry needling. Mixed success.

Be aware that they are very different--dry needling, or even superficial injections of saline solution, are specifically for trigger points and much more painful than acupuncture (although not really very painful at all).

Also, consider trigger point massage either by yourself (with a "Knobber" tool, Lacrosse ball, etc) or by a massage therapist.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:44 PM

In that case, I highly highly second Shari's suggestion above. I've gone to three different community acupuncture clinics, and all have been quite different in quality, so make sure to try more than one!

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:29 PM

yeah i've had loads of massage. it helps but i'm tempted by the needles

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on March 16, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I had no success with acupuncture for chronic head/neck/back pain (related to depression and an old whiplash injury). I don't know why, it could be that I went in really skeptical after researching it. I got significantly more relief with some good massages and an excellent physiotherapist.

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on June 26, 2014
at 01:18 PM

I am an acupuncturist and I practice both community acupuncture and private room treatments. I just want to add a little perspective. "Community Acupuncture" is basically how acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. I see great efficacy with both my private room and my community acupuncture patients.

You may also look into a therapy called cupping to go along with your acupuncture. I do cupping both in my private room and community treatments. This can be very helpful for trigger points and tight sore muscles. I've had patients who have had much more success with cupping and acupuncture combined than they were getting from massage.

It's important to remember that everyone is different, and one person's therapy of choice might not work for you. Keep trying until you find it!

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Dry Needling = 100 hours of "uncertified" training for Chiros and PTs ...largely Placebo Effect

Acupuncture - 3000 hours of intense "Masters" level clinical and classroom training.

While I do think there are many chiros who do study and may *eventually become proficient in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) techniques, I would not trust either a PT or Chiro to understand the variety of tools available in Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM). Good TEAM practitioners (L.Ac, Ayervedic, etc.) continue to study as mastery comes at the +20 year point, not 100 hours.

TCM is a consolidated view of TEAM, produced by the Chinese government in the 1950s and does not include all the tools associated with TEAM techniques. It is also known as "battlefield" medicine as it is symptoms based and designed to be used in emergency situations, rather than as an ongoing health care program.

Community acupuncture has it's place, but is not as powerful, therefore the lower price. If you don't mind being in a room filled with others receiving treatment (and discussing your issues where they may hear) go ahead and use Community Acupuncture. There is nothing wrong with getting the benefit from Community Acupuncture, just don't expect it to work as quickly/efficiently.

For those interested in the deep and meaningful treatment using needles and herbs, please seek out a practitioner who has studied various "Classics", which date back in the thousands of years and use integrated diagnostics.

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:18 AM

This is a late response, but I have fibro- with super nasty flair ups in my back and neck which causes knots that feel like rocks and migraines... I have had fantastic benefits from Acupuncture... I had dry needling done on my hips for bursitis, and it helped a lot, but as other people are saying, these two things are totally different. I would definitely try acupuncture, but I go repeatedly... It won't be a one time fix all... I also find it helps to visit the chiropractor regularly, as my fibro locks my muscles up so tight it pulls my neck and spine out of alignment... Good luck and give it a try! It doesn't hurt and is super relaxing!!

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