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Dry Needling in Physiotherapy

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Dry Needling in Physiotherapy

What is Dry Needling used to treat?

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a Physiotherapy treatment technique derived from the principles of Eastern Medicine and acupuncture. The most common reason for using needling is to treat a knot or a taught band of muscle.

Dry Needling can be used to treat a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

· Neck, Shoulder, Back and Leg pain

· Arthritic pain, including knee and hip pain

· Muscle Strains

· Nerve Pain

How does it work?

The needles used are sterile and very thin, single use and most people don’t even realize as they penetrate your skin to treat an area of pain. We know that needling stimulates the body to release natural pain killers, including endorphins, thereby modulating pain.  There is also evidence that Dry Needling changes the chemical properties of taught muscle and stimulates the nervous system at both the level of the spinal cord and the brain.  This suggests that Dry Needling can be used to change the way pain is interpreted by the brain. The result is  relief of muscle aches.

How does it differ from Acupuncture?

Dry needling uses the same needles as Acupuncture, but they are applied in a different manner.  Acupuncture is based on Chinese Medicine Principles; ailments are treated based on energy pathways and the flow of Qi.

Dry Needling is based on Western Medicine Principles: needles are used to treat an area targeting trigger points and by stimulating the skin, muscles and nervous system.

Who can be treated with Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a safe treatment technique, but as with all treatment options, does carry some risk.   All patients are fully assessed to determine whether Dry Needling is offered as a treatment technique.

How can we help?

If you are interested in finding out more about Dry Needling or would like to book in for Dry Needling treatment call 8544 0111 today.