Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture)
An effective treatment used mainly for chronic pain and tension. Dry needling is an evidence based technique which provides a fast and effective route to pain relief and increased range of movement, through the use of fine acupuncture needles inserted into trigger points in muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments.
Dry needling lies within the practice of western medical acupuncture. Western medical acupuncture is a modern streamlined adaption of the more traditional approach of Chinese Acupuncture. It is based on medical science and the theory is explained using anatomy, physiology, myofascial trigger points and the effect on the nervous system.
Dry needling is mainly concerned with the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and tension by targeting trigger points.
What is a trigger point?
A myofascial “trigger point” is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule or knot. This area becomes painful at the site and pain can also radiate in predictable patterns.
The ultra fine needles can penetrate deeply into knots of muscles and tendons to relieve tension and pain. They can hit stubborn knots with precision, even when the source of pain seems to be buried so deep as to be inaccessible to massage. By inserting fine needles into these tight areas a “twitch response” or brief contraction (desired response) is elicited. This reaction deactivates painful and knotted areas in your muscles. Relaxing these trigger points can release pain and discomfort from areas that cause mild or severe pain. Because of their exact anatomical location on nerve pathways, they can also reach the roots of referred pain in, for example, whiplash or tension headaches.
For the treatment of:
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Hamstring/Quads strain
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
Effects of dry needling within the tissue
- Stimulation of local nerves, increasing blood flow to the area bringing in fresh oxygen and nutrients.
- Nerves are stimulated and a substance is released which blocks the transmission of pain signals.
- The analgesic effect stimulates the body to release naturally occurring endorphins.
- The cut muscle fibres also produce an inflammatory reaction that your body will respond to not just locally but all over the body to reduce inflammation systemically.
- Acupuncture can have a positive effect on the limbic system (emotional effects) in the brain, on hormonal release and on the autonomic nervous system.
Does it hurt?
The local “twitch response” may provoke a brief sensation of pain that has been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
Dry needling uses fine filiform solid acupuncture needles. Only sterile single-use disposable needles are used. Here at Fit n Well you are ensured that the highest hygiene and care is maintained at all times, that is before your visit, when you are here and after you leave.
Many people feel the benefits from dry needling very quickly and some problems can be resolved in just one visit.
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an effective treatment with only a few side effects which may vary among individuals. Sometimes mild muscle soreness, skin reddening or bruising may be experienced 2 to 48 hours after treatment.
What if I don’t like needles?
For those patients who don’t like needles, we can offer trigger point therapy/massage as an alternative.
If you would like any further information or would like to book an appointment please contact Fit n Well.
Treatment: £25.00 – £40.00
Fit n Well provides Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) in Stone, Staffordshire.