Medical acupuncture is the western form of the Chinese acupuncture and work in 3 main ways.
Firstly, by breaking the skin it makes your body send blood to the area which has in it fresh new nutrients that your muscles need to heal and to energise them.
Secondly, it reduces pain by re ordering pain signals that travel to the spinal cord. This turns off the dull aches and pains in that muscles and other muscles connected by the same nerve route.
Thirdly, it stimulates nerves that send signals to the the hypothalamus in the brain. the hypothalamus then releases hormones such as serotonin and noradrenaline, which can help relax and calm the body.
For anybody who is apprehensive about having a needle pushed into there muscle there are a few things you should know.