Acupuncture & Dry Needling are available at both our Gold Coast Physiotherapy clinics – Burleigh Heads & Broadbeach
Acupuncture works on many different levels within the body. Acupuncture is believed to induce the release of hormones known as endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relievers. Acupuncture is thought to block the transmission of pain signals within the nervous system. Acupuncture could also increase the circulation of the blood to the injured area, which is important for the healing process. The acupuncture needles have been shown to decrease muscle spasm and tightness of connective tissue.
Dry needling is another technique used by our physiotherapists. This technique involves the use of acupuncture needles to stimulate trigger points in the muscle and connective tissue. A trigger point is an area of the muscle which is ‘knotted’ and tends to be quite painful and can refer pain to other surrounding areas. Dry needling of a trigger point will elicit a twitch response, which is an involuntary reflex that causes the tight muscle fibres to contract. This contraction is followed by the muscle relaxing, which decreases pain and allows for better movement of the affected area.