Acupuncture & Dry Needling are available at both our Physiotherapy clinics
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture points are places on the skin that have low resistance to the passage of electricity and are part of a network of points that were mapped according to traditional Chinese medicine. They are found along meridians or channels that act as pathways in which energy flows through the body to regulate body function. There are 361 acupuncture points along 14 channels, and the points are located by identifying anatomical landmarks.
Acupuncture is safe and effective in treating musculoskeletal disorders by helping return the body to a balanced state. It works on many different levels within the body. Acupuncture induces the release of hormones known as endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relievers. Acupuncture also blocks the transmission of pain signals within the nervous system. Acupuncture also increases the circulation of the blood to the inured area, which is important for the healing process. The acupuncture needles also 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.