Dry needling is now widely used by all physiotherapists at City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic and has become an increasingly popular technique for treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including acute and chronic neck pain, back pain, tennis elbow, runner’s knee and achilles tendinopathies.
Dry needling is based on Western medicine and neuro-physiological principles. It is different from traditional Chinese acupuncture which includes diagnosis and reasoning based on Chinese medicine assessment. Both traditional and western dry needling work on meridian points and 71% of trigger points actually coincide with acupuncture points.
How does it work? – Dry needling involves the use of very fine, sterile needles to stimulate the flow of chi or energy throughout the body. It helps to treat the limitations and restrictions that are found during physical assessment. For most conditions dry needling has little or no post treatment side-effects with equal or better The needles are inserted into trigger points to deactivate and resolve them. Your muscular pain then disappears.
What is a trigger point? – A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot within the muscle. It is usually painful to touch and may refer pain elsewhere. Your trigger point may give you abnormal movement and “autonomic” changes such as temperature and skin changes at the site of a pathology.
Benefits of dry needling – Dry needling reduces the referred symptoms of trigger points and can be used to treat your:
- Neck pain – wry neck, headaches or migraines
- Jaw pain
- Muscular tightness – neck / lower back problems
- Sporting injuries
- Shin splints and many other conditions.
Your Physiotherapist at City Physiotherapy is well trained in the application of dry needling, so don’t put up with your pain any more and contact us today to discuss whether dry needling can be an appropriate treatment option for you.
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