Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Medical acupuncture (Dry Needling) is an alternative (western) approach to Chinese Acupuncture. It involves the placing of fine needles for therapeutic effects using current knowledge of physiology, anatomy and pathology. At Get Back to the Action we use acupuncture as another treatment for musculoskeletal manifestations of pain; mainly trigger points.
Following assessment of the patient’s symptoms a needle will be inserted into the area of pain. Gentle oscillation of the needle will occur during the treatment in order to achieve de qi response. This is the feeling of aching or heavy sensation by the patient during the manipulation of the needle. The practitioner may also feel grasping of the needle during the manipulation, due to increased resistance within the tissue.
During trigger point release using dry needling there can be a local twitch response (LTR). This is an involuntary reflex from the central nervous system where the fibres of the taut band of tissue contract. This is a desired effect during trigger point release, as it means the needle has been placed properly.
Beneficial Effects of LTR
- Increase local blood flow
- Increased removal of metabolic waste
- Reduction of muscular hypertonicity
- Pain reduction via activation of endogenous opioids (natural pain killers)
Possible Side Effects
- Tiredness and relaxation
- Pain in initial 24hrs post treatment
The length of treatment will be dependent on each individual case.
*medical acupuncture will not treat everything. All treatments are tailor made to suit the individual requirements of each patient. It will only be offered in line with the most optimal treatment strategy.
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