Dry Needling has gained popularity with Physiotherapists in recent years as an adjunct therapy, to help ease pain and release muscle tension. Dry Needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point (an area of contracted muscle or knot) to release the muscle. It can be used to release muscle tension and restore range of motion quicker than a lot of manual techniques such as massage. Dry Needling treatment can also assist with pain relief and to stimulate a natural healing effect.
Dry needling works by relaxing the knots in our body. Knots are small areas of contracted muscle. Insertion of the needle into these knots restores the muscles ability to lengthen and shorten again normally. The insertion of the needles causes blood to pool around the needle by providing that part of the muscle with nutrients and oxygen it needs to relax the knot.
Dry needling differs from acupuncture in the theory and location of the needles. Acupuncture involves a different assessment and focuses on treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy through points in the body called meridians.
The risks of Dry Needling are minor and your therapist will explain these in full prior to treatment. Single use sterile needles are used at Physionorth. All qualified therapists at Physionorth have completed an APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) approved course in Dry Needling.
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