Dry Needling uses intramuscular stimulation of trigger points and areas of congestion in muscles.
Inserting a needle into these trigger points elicits the favourable ‘twitch response’, a biochemical change that can assist with reduction in muscle tension and pain.
Dry needling is used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints. We use it to treat neck pain, back pain, arm complaints (i.e. tennis elbow, golfers elbow), sciatic-type problems and ITB tightness.
How is this different to Acupuncture? Acupuncture is based on Oriental medicines and targets the ‘meridians’ or channels in the body through which vital energy, or Qi, flows. Needling in points on the meridian lines has been shown to clear blockages and remove the disease from the body. While many points targeted are similar to those targeted in dry needling, the intent is different.
Acupuncture can only be administered by a registered practitioner
What are the Physiological Effects of Needling?
- Releases Pain Relieving Endorphins
- Increases Blood Flow to Injury Sites
- Increases Oxygenation to Injury Sites
- Reduces Pain
- Reduces the intake of pain relieving medication
- Reduces swelling