I use Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture on a day to day basis in the clinic. It has a range of benefits to the patient and can have a dramatic effect in reducing nerve pain and muscle discomfort within 24 hours of treatment.
Types of Conditions Treated
I often find that muscle tissue which is painful to palpate (massage) and tissue with knots / trigger points / adhesions respond well to dry needling. Nerve pain also responds well to Medical Acupuncture, especially in areas such as the low back, glutes, hips and into the neck & shoulders.
Procedure for Treatment
Medical Acupuncture is best performed when the clint / patient is lying down. I locate the area to be treated, ask the client to inhale and then as they exhale a long slow breath, insert the needle with a short, sharp “tap”. I then adjust the needle to stimulate the central nervous system. The client feels a “scratch” or little electric jolt which kick-starts the production of pain-killing chemicals and muscle relaxants (amongst other things).
Effects of Medical Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on the local muscle tissue & fascial fibres. Loose muscles allow blood to flow more freely and for nerve fibres to be decompressed. Dry Needling also releases peptides, white blood cells and pain inhibitors.