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What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
- Improved muscle length
- Improved muscle recruitment pattern
- Reduced pain
- Improved sleep
- Improved relaxation
- Often less painful than manual therapy
- Most patients can tolerate it
- Often has an immediate effect
- Easy to assess improvement with results in (1-3 treatments)
Conditions Treated Include
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Pain
- Shin Pain (Splints)
- Patellofemoral Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Soreness
- Muscle Tightness
- Muscle Recovery
- ITB pain
- Achilles Tendonopathy
How does it work?
Research has shown there is a localized increase in blood flow to the targeted region during the course of Dry Needling treatment. Improved circulation increases the oxygenation of tissues and helps remove pain by producing a localized vascular response and increasing the quantity of other inflammatory mediators.
Needling also simulates the local nerve fibres around the trigger point and consequently, impulses are sent to the spinal cord and the brain. At these locations there are several direct and indirect actions that occur to inhibit pain via the release of endorphins and other chemicals that block and alter the pain impulses they are receiving.
Needles can be inserted anywhere into the body to stimulate these systems, however to achieve maximal pain suppression it is essential to needle accurately into the trigger point.
Ask us if this contemporary treatment is suitable for you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACUPUNCTURE AND DRY NEEDLING?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique involving the insertion of needles into pre-determined “qi” points. These spots occur along the body’s meridian lines and unblock the flow of energy.
Dry needling is a recent development in Acupuncture. It has expanded into western medicine as a result of extensive high quality research into the benefits of needling. Specifically, Dry Needling is where needles are inserted into trigger points located within muscles or fascia. Trigger points are irritable nodules or bands that can be felt within the muscle and cause pain when palpated.