How does Dry Needling work?
Muscles/Connective Tissue develops “knots” = Trigger points
These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They are also often the cause of referred pain (or pain that affects another part of the body).
The goal: Insertion of a tiny needle into dense muscular tissue with the aim of a Local Twitch Response (LTR)
The involuntary twitch caused creates a neurological response to relax taut band of muscular and connective tissue
Another proposed mechanism is that the insertion of the needle initiates an immune response because the skin is broken, the needle also “damages” or creates a small focal lesion in the muscular tissue triggering a cascade of cells that are released to help heal that area over a 5-7 day period.
I liken this to the concept of going to the gym to break down fibres so you can heal and grow more muscular tissue i.e you don’t grow muscle when you’re at the gym
Who would benefit from dry needling?
Those with soft tissue injuries
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Shoulder Problems
- Neck Pain
- Whiplash Headaches Migraines
- Lower back pain
- Hip, Knee, Ankle pain
- Sprains and Strains
- Improve Recovery
Does it hurt?
Yup! It’s pretty uncomfortable. But an experienced practitioner talks you through the whole thing and its not good business to hurt people. Or they don’t come back …RIGHT 😊
Is Dry Needling Safe?
There are some risks involved. But these are explained at the time of appointment. The goal is always to help and not harm
What’s the scientific evidence?
There isn’t much. But its been round for thousands of years so there must be something to it. As a chiropractor I use it in conjunction with other manual therapies and techniques
1. Patients with needle phobias
2. Abnormal bleeding tendency
3. Vascular Disease
What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Acupuncture is the most well-known part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It is often explained that each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but has traditionally been used extensively in the treatment of respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions. Acupuncture involves inserting tiny, thin needles into specific points in the body to stimulate meridian flow and positively influence the general health of your body and mind