As a Chiropractor, Dr Malone's use of acupuncture needles is highly specialized to address musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in all their various forms (think ... joint, nerve, and soft tissue pain). Acupuncture is an effective primary treatment in many cases and is particularly well suited to treat chronic pain. However, outside of the primary MSK disorders that we treat, many disease processes involve or produce symptoms which may be effectively managed with acupuncture. We often find that acupuncture may help where other treatments have failed and/or other treatments are contraindicated. Acupuncture is a great tool and is perhaps best utilized in conjunction with other manual therapies such as chiropractic, massage therapy, and soft-tissue work.
ACUPUNCTURE @ NORMAL
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions on its own. It is particularly effective for chronic pain, headaches, shoulder, knee and upper back/neck pain but these are just a few examples of the many conditions that respond well to acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture involves needling points along the 12 meridians to balance the flow of Chi.
Modern acupuncture is what happens when practitioners take a 3000 year old practice and bring it into the 21st century. Only the best points and no abstract meridians. It also brings electro-acupuncture into the mix. Its acupuncture but better and more refined.
Dry needling involves the mechanical maceration of diseased myofascial tissues to elicit an biochemical response. This is a focused treatment with a lot of good research behind it.