How is myofascial acupuncture for muscle pain different from traditional Chinese acupuncture?

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Myofascial acupuncture is specific for pain management – back, neck, shoulder, foot, leg, arm, wrist etc. Muscle function is improved and pain reduced by inserting an acupuncture needle directly into the trigger point that is causing the problem. A trigger point is a tender point within the muscle that prevents the muscle from properly relaxing. Trigger points are formed by repetitive strain to the muscle ex. Desk work, sudden injury, overuse. By inserting an acupuncture needle into the trigger point and eliciting a muscle twitch response, the muscle can then relax and function properly, resulting in reduced pain.