Meridian Health Clinic is a top-rated acupuncture center run under the direction of accomplished acupuncturist, Eric Schmidt, LAc.  Our Santa Monica location is located at 2020 Broadway. The Clinic specializes in the treatment of myofascial/body pain, skin problems, stress-related ailments, women’s health and digestive disorders; However, there are many other issues that are treated effectively with the Traditional Chinese Medicine System.  Therapies include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, herbal medicine and dietary therapy.  We offer high quality acupuncture treatments and personalized herbal prescriptions in a professional and relaxed setting.

Trigger Point Dry Needling Acupuncture:
Trigger Point Dry Needling (a.k.a. Functional Dry Needling) refers to the therapeutic treatment that involves the use of a acupuncture (filament) needle inserted into an area of muscle tension.  Specific muscle groups or fibers may be producing pain which can be localized or radiating.  Muscle fibers typically contains a sensitive node in the belly of the muscle called a Trigger Point.   When the procedure is performed, nothing is injected and the needle used is hair-thin. Most patients will not feel the needle penetrate the skin, but there may be a small bit of discomfort when the trigger point is activated. If the muscle is currently in spasm and has an active trigger point, the patient may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp, this is called a “twitch response”.
Typically, lasting results are seen within 2-4 treatments but the number of sessions needed varies depending on the cause and history of the symptoms and the overall health conditions.  Dry needling is a quick and effective effective treatment for acute and for more chronic pain conditions.  It can also be used following an injury or post-surgery.  This technique has few side effects and is preferred as a means to find and eliminate neuromuscular problems that may lead to pain and degeneration.

At Meridian Health Clinic in Santa Monica, we use Trigger Point Dry Needling to give our patients fast results and comfortable treatments for pain-related ailments.