Acupuncture and Dry Needling
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At PhysioCare we use Acupuncture / Dry Needling to achieve a reduction in pain and restoration of function. Research has shown Acupuncture / Dry Needling to be helpful in the relief of pain. Both treatments involve using fine needles inserted at particular points on the body that can help relieve the symptoms of a number of physical and psychological conditions. The treatment can be used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by headaches, muscle pain, some nerve problems and sinus trouble.
What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles of the flow of Chi (energy) through the body. Acupuncture aims to treat pain by balancing Chi via the insertion of needles at specific acupuncture points. Dry needling is a western take on TCM whereby needles are inserted to specific points.
Dry needling has western medical research behind it. Needles are inserted into the skin and muscle directly at myofascial trigger points – these are points thought to consist of multiple contraction knots which are related to production and maintenance of the pain cycle. After a dry needling treatment, the area in the muscle which has been treated feels much softer and relaxed and the person will feel looser. Very often people find that the pain they experience when a trigger point is being treated, be it local or referring, is a familiar type of pain or ache that they have. Different types of massage and manual therapies have proven to deactivate and relieve the tender areas and pain which allowed the person to feel looser and less tight in their muscles.
At PhysioCare, our Chartered Physiotherapists are versed in Acupuncture / Dry Needling treatment as part of their education and experience to date. They understand that some patients may not be fond of needles and as such take the time to explain every step to you and keep you at ease by working at a pace that suits you. Every patient we treat is on a case-by-case basis and so we cater for the needs of individuals by ensuring to understand and cater to them. Acupuncture / Dry Needling has been known to produce some great results as part of treatment plans, so it may be recommended for you in an effort to help you get and feel better and to maximise your outcome as a patient.