Adhesions and Scar Tissue Dāo Needle Therapy®

An Advanced Acupuncture Technique for Stubborn Pain

At Charlotte Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we are dedicated to helping our patients get out of pain as quickly as possible. We are proud to be the first clinic in the greater Charlotte area to offer Dao Needle Therapy. Dao Needle Therapy is one of the most efficient techniques to soften scar tissue or fascial adhesions, reduce any associated pain and restore function.

Dao Needle Therapy Charlotte NC acupuncture

Dāo needling is a specialized form of acupuncture that requires a different type needle compared to commonly used acupuncture needles. The needle body has an unique edge and allows for a specific type of insertion into the skin and fascia. The mechanisms involved are similar to acupuncture and Dry Needling, however the target tissue is the superficial fascia. Therefore, the needle insertion is shallow compared to most other needling approaches. The needle is quickly inserted and immediately removed only after the tender points in a specific area have been identified and marked. After needling has been performed, the points are checked again to check for their level of tenderness. It is quite common for a large majority of the points will no longer be tender immediately after treatment. Any points that are still tender will then be needled one more time.

  • Scar tissue contributing to pain experience and/or affecting range of motion
  • Chronic, stubborn musculoskeletal pain
  • Adhesions in the superficial fascia affecting range of motion and/or posture

Dao Needle Therapy is an excellent tool to soften scar tissue, reduce or eliminate pain and restore function. Dao Needle Therapy introduces tiny lesions in the soft tissue. This creates a release of cytokines/chemokines and neuropeptides that initiate a local acute inflammatory response and activates local blood circulation. This acute inflammatory process will in turn eventually reduce chronic inflammation. It is almost like fight fire with fire. The result is a restoration of local tissue homeostasis.

Dao Needle Therapy is often helpful in the treatment of stubborn, chronic musculoskeletal pain. This is especially true when there is scar tissue or fascial adhesion involvement. Treatment may also combine acupuncture and/or dry needling to obtain the benefits from each. It is always best to discuss with your acupuncturist which approach or combination of approaches might be the right fit for your particular condition, sensitivity and health history.