Dry Needling

Many people think that dry needling means acupuncture- but in fact they’re not the same.  Acupuncture is a treatment practiced in traditional Chinese medicine.

Dry needling is a healing treatment (practiced by our Chiropractors and Remedial Massage Therapist) which is based on ‘western medicine.’

Dry needling involves the inserting of small thin needles in tight muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues for pain relief and tissue healing. Dry needling is also very effective for those who do not like the pain of deep-tissue massage. Even though needles are used, the treatment is relatively painless.

Problems that can be helped with dry needling include:

  • Chronic back or neck pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Nerve root pain
  • Tight muscles
  • Ankle, knee and hip pain
  • Hand, arm and shoulder pain

How does dry needling work for muscles?

Compared to normal tissue, a high concentration of chemicals which cause pain can be found in the trigger points.  When the needle goes into the trigger point, it helps to normalise these chemical levels. Therefore, this helps to release muscle contraction and results in decreased pain.

  • It can help to increase blood flow to the area to promote healing.
  • It can regulate nerve communication in the nervous system to block the pain signal coming from the brain.
  • Needling to an area away from the pain may block the pain signal from the affected area.
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