Dry Needling involves the application of acupuncture needles into tight, painful areas in your muscles known as “Trigger Points”, or sometimes referred to as “knots” in the muscles.
Dry Needling is performed to elicit a healing response in these tissues, but is different to traditional acupuncture as it is not necessarily aimed at specific “acupuncture” points.
Dry needling has been proven to be a very effective way of relaxing spasmed muscles, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. In the last decade western medicine has shown a growing interest in acupuncture and dry needling (needling into trigger points in the muscles). As a result the quality and quantity of research into the benefits of needling injuries has increased. Although more research needs to be done, it is becoming clearer why needling has stood the test of time in Chinese medicine.
What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?
Acupuncture is a technique whereby the needles are placed in specific, pre-determined acupuncture points. These points are located along meridian channels that help the “qi” energy flow from inside the body (core organs) to more superficial tissues.
Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture where the needles are placed in muscle “trigger points”. A Trigger point is a discrete, irritable, overactive point in skeletal muscle or fascia that can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle. Touching the trigger point reproduces the complaint of pain, so area’s of needling is dependent on therapist feel and reports of reproduction of pain.
What Are The Benefits Of Dry Needling?
Research has shown that acupuncture increases the micro-circulation, blood flow and blood vessel movement throughout the body, which in turn increases oxygenation of the tissues. This helps flush toxins, waste products, and other accumulated particles and chemicals from the tissues improving their overall function.
This can manifest in the patient as:
- Reduce Pain
- Reduce the Intake of Pain Relieving Medication
- Reduce Swelling
Is Acupuncture and Dry Needling Safe?
Despite the fact that it involves skin penetration, acupuncture and dry needling are relatively safe treatment techniques.
Two recent studies reviewed hundreds of patients following acupuncture treatments: Only 10% of patients reported mild adverse effects such as tiredness after treatment, dizziness and bruising at the site of needling.
No major adverse events were reported.
I Want To Try Dry Needling – Who Should I Book In With?
Nearly all our Physiotherapists at Leading Edge Physical Therapy are qualified and trained to practice Dry Needling in Adelaide. If you would like a session of Dry Needling, please ask our friendly Reception Team which Therapists have been trained in Dry Needling techniques and they will make an appropriate booking for you.
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