- Support mood and gut health
- Alleviate pain
- Work on habitual patterns of body and mind
- Encourage hormone health
- Generally restore balance in the body and mind
- Useful for innumerable conditions!
- Useful for chronic and acute body pain
- Similar to acupuncture in that acupuncture needles are used for the procedure, but it targets different areas of the body
- Where acupuncture needles are inserted along energy meridians, or areas of increased innervation and blood and lymph flow, dry needling targets tender “trigger points,” or areas of tension and tenderness that may radiate pain to other parts of the body
- Electrical stimulation may be used for additional symptom relief in dry needling treatments
Dr. Stephanie Karozos’ Approach
- Trained by the Helms Medical Institute, which focuses on teaching acupuncture to physicians. This differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture training, and because of this she does not prescribe Chinese herbs (we may still talk about herbal treatments)
- May vary from a traditionally-trained acupuncturist with more of a medical focus because of training and background
- Additional training in Japanese meridian therapy acupuncture, which is a gentle approach to moving Qi, or energy, that sometimes does not even involve inserting needles. This may be useful for those suffering from fibromyalgia, phobia of needles, or a hyper-responsiveness to pain
- Trained in both acupuncture and dry needling
- Genuinely loves this treatment!
Acupuncture Resources and Research
Root And Branch: Clinical Applications Of Japanese Meridian Therapy by Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac.
A good synopsis of meridian therapy
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.