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What Is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling differs from Acupuncture, as unlike acupuncture, the treatment methodology of Dry needling does not concentrate on the flow of chi or traditional Chinese medicine. Dry Needling is utilised by practitioners who use needles that are similar to Acupuncture to treat the musculoskeletal and nervous systems based on modern neuroanatomy science. Dry Needling is often used in combination with Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic Care or Remedial massage, Dry Needling is a targeted treatment that is suitable for active individuals of all ages. 

Although this treatment is relatively pain-free, a slight pinching feeling may be felt when the fine needles are inserted into the affected trigger points. A trigger point is a tender spot that is located within a tight band of muscle, which can cause an individual pain when it is pressed or squeezed. Sessions will be tailored to your individual needs, with every-day, active and sports individuals alike experiencing the most benefits from this form of alternative therapy. 

How can Dry Needling reduce pain and improve function?

The extremely small injuries that are created as result of the needle being inserter into the skin may bring about a local healing response in the dysfunctional, painful tissue, effectively improving normal function through the body’s intrinsic and natural healing process. Furthermore, Dry Needling is able to stimulate neural pathways which blocks pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the central nervous system.

Conditions that can be treated

Dry Needling has been proven to help the following conditions:

  • Acute and chronic tendonitis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Lower back pain
  • Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
  • Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
  • Whiplash and headaches

In order to discover the physical and emotional issues that Dry Needling can help you with, just contact a certified professional today through our site. 

What to expect during a treatment

An initial consultation will occur at the beginning of the session, with the practitioner asking the client about the areas that are causing them physical pain or emotional distress. Next a brief physical examination and health history will be completed, in order to make sure that Dry Needling is appropriate for their individual needs. After the practitioner properly sterilises the skin and gets the needles prepared, the treatment process will then begin. Similar to Acupuncture the practitioner will insert fine, sterile needles usually 1/8 to 1 inch into your skin, targeting specific trigger and myofascial points.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms multiple visits may be needed, with short-term relief being experienced by individuals who use this form of natural therapy.

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