Motor point acupuncture is the stimulation of motor nerves of a targeted muscle with acupuncture (often combined with electrical stimulation) to help restore healthy function. While it is a modern development of acupuncture, interestingly many of the points used are located at or nearby traditional acupuncture points which have traditionally been indicated for similar conditions caused by dysfunction in the associated muscles.
When a muscle has become overly short and tight from overuse or switched off and weak from misuse, it can cause or contribute to dysfunction and pain. Muscular dysfunctions and compensations are often primary factors in painful conditions or consequences of injuries and should be addressed for long term improvement. Even when a condition seems mechanical or structural, it can often be helped with correct treatment. An acupuncturist trained in motor points will be able to identify the problem muscles and work towards restoring healthy length and function.
At Village Remedies Sydney acupuncture clinics in Balmain and the CBD, we use motor point acupuncture techniques where appropriate, but it is only a small part of our toolkit (also see distal acupuncture, dry needling and electro acupuncture pages). Our practitioners have experience using motor point acupuncture with clients who have had issues such as:
Neck pain and restriction
Lower back pain
Headaches and migraines
Rotator cuff injuries
Shoulder impingement and pain
ITB (iliotibial band) pain
Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
And many more chronic pain and sporting injury conditions
If you would like to find out if motor point acupuncture is right for you, book online with one of our qualified Sydney acupuncturists or contact us today.