Dry needling involves the insertion of a very fine acupuncture needle into tight, painful trigger points in order to decrease muscular tension and relieve pain. This increases healing response in the area and speeds up recovery. Our chiropractors and podiatrists often use dry needling in combination with soft tissue therapy and manipulation.
The effects of dry needling
For those people that are afraid of needles, it is important to say that most people get up and say that they didn’t feel any pain at all. In fact, most people find the experience very relaxing. The needles we use are very fine and disposable. When inserted, we look for a slight ‘twitch’ response and mild ache – followed by total relaxation. Our chiropractors and podiatrists will explain how dry needling fits into an overall pain management and recovery plan.
What conditions can be helped by dry needling?
Dry needling offers many patients an alternative to pharmacological treatments. Many patients are found to be highly satisfied with dry needling when being treated for:
- Neck and back pain
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hip and knee pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries – muscle strain, torn ligaments (sprains)
Understanding muscles, pain, and mobility
Relieving tight muscles and soft tissues
Muscle strain or injury results in tight, painful muscle fibres. Almost anyone reading this has experienced tight neck and shoulder muscles – or low back pain. The tight, ropey knots in these muscles are easily found by an experienced practitioner. When these knots are pressed or rubbed, we feel immediate relief. The knots are called ‘trigger points’ and over time they cause a muscle to become shorter and weaker – and very painful.
Our clinic has a strong focus on treating trigger points using a wide range of soft tissue therapies. Dry needling and acupuncture are one of the most effective ways of treating trigger points and relaxing contracted soft tissues – thereby relieving acute or chronic muscle pain.
Other Pain You Might Feel
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It is well recognised that dry needling and acupuncture have a positive effect on the nervous system and cause the release of endorphins which tone down inflammation and stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
Accelerating the Benefits of Other Therapies
By including dry needling with a range of chiropractic and podiatric treatments, people often experience significant relief and a quicker return to normal activities. We always combine dry needling with rehabilitative exercises to improve aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility and balance.
Dry needling as a supplemental treatment
Stubborn health problems often respond well to a combined approach using chiropractic, soft tissue therapy, and dry needling. Our clinic uses only the finest, disposable needles from Japan. Our needles are extremely fine in diameter (3 to 4 can fit within a hypodermic needle) which means most people hardly feel the needle!
The physiological benefits of dry needling and acupuncture are diminished after having a cortisone injection because corticosteroids change the body’s natural healing response. So it is important to try a course of dry needling first – before you try cortisone injections. If you have had cortisone, we will use cold laser therapy which is very effective and totally pain-free.
People who have ‘tried everything else’, but with little or no results, can speak to one of our chiropractors to understand how dry needling fits into an overall pain management and recovery plan. Combining dry needling with soft tissue therapy and exercise can be very effective in treating chronic muscle and joint pain. Call us, 08 9361 26 28. Book with our experienced practitioners to see how we can help you.
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