Acupuncture/ Dry Needling

Acupuncture/ Dry Needling

Acupuncture and dry needling are both forms of treatment using very fine needles. The needles themselves are extremely thin, between 0.1 – 0.2 mm in diameter. Often patients don’t realise that the needles have been inserted, because they are not large enough to stimulate the sensory nerve fibres that register pain.

The acupuncture philosophy describes a complex network of meridians, or lines of energy flow throughout the body. The flow of energy (Chi) may become blocked at points along the meridians, causing ill health. To return the patient to good health, the energy flow must be restored by inserting needles at the acupuncture points corresponding to the meridians involved, allowing normal energy flow through the meridians.Web Acupuncture

Dry Needling uses the same type of needles, but they are directed at active trigger points, the tender points  within muscle. If you feel the muscles of your neck and shoulder, you will no doubt feel points of tenderness and tightness within the muscle, or trigger points. These points represent dysfunction within the muscles. Dry needling can be applied directly into the trigger points, which may give a dull ache sensation in the muscle, which eases gradually over several minutes as the needle is left in place. Dry needling may also involve the movement of the needle within the muscle tissue, or “pecking”. This technique creates a stronger sensation, however is very effective in relieving excessive muscle tightness.

All the therapists at Strathalbyn Physiotherapy are trained in either Acupuncture or Dry Needling, or both!

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