Dry Needling

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves the application of acupuncture needles into tight, painful areas in your muscles known as “Trigger Points”, or sometimes referred to as “knots” in the muscles.

Dry Needling is performed to elicit a healing response in these tissues, but is different to traditional acupuncture as it is not necessarily aimed at specific “acupuncture” points.

Dry needling has been proven to be a very effective way of relaxing spasmed muscles, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. In the last decade western medicine has shown a growing interest in acupuncture and dry needling (needling into trigger points in the muscles). As a result the quality and quantity of research into the benefits of needling injuries has increased. Although more research needs to be done, it is becoming clearer why needling has stood the test of time in Chinese medicine.

What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Acupuncture is a technique whereby the needles are placed in specific, pre-determined acupuncture points. These points are located along meridian channels that help the “qi” energy flow from inside the body (core organs) to more superficial tissues.

Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture where the needles are placed in muscle “trigger points”. A Trigger point is a discrete, irritable, overactive point in skeletal muscle or fascia that can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle. Touching the trigger point reproduces the complaint of pain, so area’s of needling is dependent on therapist feel and reports of reproduction of pain.

What type of problems can be treated with dry needling?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Neuromuscular dysfunction and imbalances are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms). The treatment of muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain mechanisms in the nervous system.

Is Dry Needling Safe?
Despite the fact that it involves skin penetration, acupuncture and dry needling are relatively safe treatment techniques.

Our Remedial Massage Therapists use sterile single use filament needles to prevent infection and are trained to know the correct locations and needle depths to ensure safe and correct needle insertion.

Two recent studies reviewed hundreds of patients following acupuncture treatments: Only 10% of patients reported mild adverse effects such as tiredness after treatment, dizziness and bruising at the site of needling.

No major adverse events were reported.

Treatment and Fee Structure

Dry needling & Massage

30/min

$60

Dry needling & Massage

90/min

$120

Dry needling & Massage

60/min

$85

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