Dry needling is where a fine needle is inserted directly into the tight muscle or trigger point, or “knot.” It is often referred to as western acupuncture.
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By inserting the needle directly into the specific point where the muscle is tight we can accurately pinpoint where we are treating.
Dry needling works at many levels. It has a mechanical effect, by stimulating the fibres in the muscle that have contracted, it causes the fibres to release and the muscle to relax. Much the same as massage or direct pressure would.
It has a neurological effect, by placing the needle directly into the muscle it stimulates the surrounding nerves which then causes the brain to focus on that area, and start the repair process.
Lastly it has a biochemical effect, by causing a tiny amount of cell damage (simply by inserting the needle) in a very specific location, causes the body to start the repair process. Part of this process is to increase circulation, and with it all the good cells which promote the healing process.
Dry needling has been found useful for chronic inflammation conditions, such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and bursitis both in the hip and shoulder. It can also be used to treat chronic muscle tension such as “computer neck,” as well as acute muscle strains and tears.
If you think dry needling may help you, or would like to talk about it with one of our chiropractors please call 8850 0501 or make an appointment online.