How Deep Tissue Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress and Tension

Deep Tissue Acupuncture

Deep tissue acupuncture is a specialized form that goes beyond the surface layers to target the muscles and connective tissues deeply. In this technique, we insert needles deeper into the skin to effectively target myofascial trigger points. This deeper needle placement not only helps ease chronic muscle tension but also enhances blood flow, which significantly aids in muscle relaxation and reduces pain.

The Process Behind Deep Tissue Acupuncture

When performing deep tissue acupuncture, practitioners focus on relieving stiffness and discomfort by targeting precise trigger points. The technique varies in needling depth to effectively reach and impact the deeper soft tissues. Research indicates that this deeper intervention changes how the body processes pain, both at local and systemic levels, and promotes natural healing, vital for easing chronic stress and tension.

Deep Tissue vs. Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture and deep tissue acupuncture, sometimes called dry needling, can be the same thing. There are many different techniques in acupuncture. Some focus on very superficial needling in the top layers of skin. Other forms needles deeper into soft tissue. 

One confusing thing for most English-speaking non-acupuncturists is that many acupuncture techniques utilize words from the East Asian languages where they were developed and originally practiced. For example, an acupuncturist may say they did ashi needles, and a PT may say they did dry needles. They could be referring to and utilizing similar techniques. All of the needles are accessing various levels of skin, muscle, or soft tissue. 

Oftentimes, people will say the difference is that acupuncture deals with energy, and dry needling deals with muscle. The truth is, it’s all energy! The chair you’re sitting in, the computer you’re reading this on, the muscle and soft tissue impacted by the medical practices listed above—all energy! 

The biggest difference between deep tissue acupuncture techniques (dry needling) and traditional acupuncture is the style of needling and the language we often use to describe them.

Benefits and Considerations

Recognized for its effectiveness in treating persistent muscle tightness, deep tissue acupuncture complements other treatments such as medical acupuncture and physical therapy. It’s crucial to work with a skilled acupuncturist in a reputable center to ensure safety and effectiveness. The American Medical Association recognizes that licensed acupuncturists and MDs are the only professionals who can safely perform any kind of acupuncture or dry needling. While they are safe procedures when performed by the proper practitioners, there can be risks in seeing under-trained providers. When done correctly, one can experience immediate relief, although multiple sessions are typically recommended for more complete resolution and lasting benefits.

This approach not only provides specific relief from pain but also helps reduce overall stress and promote relaxation, offering a robust alternative for those seeking comprehensive treatment for deep-seated tension and chronic pain.

Take the Next Step Towards Relief with Acupuncture

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, deep-seated tension, or stress, consider deep-tissue acupuncture as a therapeutic option. 

Reach out to us at Jennum O’Hara Acupuncture to learn more about how this specialized treatment can be tailored to your needs and start on your path to recovery. 

Don’t let pain hold you back—book your consultation today and experience the profound benefits of deep tissue acupuncture for yourself.