Acupunture and Dry Needling | Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle
Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle provides Dry Needling to residents of Fremantle and surrounding suburbs.
Dry needling is a treatment that has evolved from traditional acupuncture. The treatment involves the insertion of a sterile, single-use, ultrafine filament needle which is inserted into muscle trigger points.
When the needle is inserted into the centre of the myofascial trigger point, it triggers a local twitch response. The needle stimulates the body to provide the muscle with fresh oxygen and nutrients, and to flush away acidic chemicals. This helps to release taut bands of muscle and fascia, thereby alleviating your pain.
It can also relieve pain by stimulating neurotransmitter and endorphin release, which acts as a natural ‘pain reliever.’ Dry Needling can increase the range of movement around joints, and improves circulation to the given area, resulting in a greater healing response.
Dry Needling can be effective in targeting trigger points that are deep within the muscles. These trigger points can often be very difficult to reach with traditional massage and deep tissue release. Dry Needling can be a successful alternative for reaching these chronic trigger points that simply aren’t letting go with other treatment.
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COMMON APPLICATIONS FOR DRY NEEDLING
Trigger points or ‘knots’ can be formed from repetitive movement, or more commonly lack of movement, such as being confined to a desk or working on a laptop. Most commonly affected are the neck, lower back and shoulders. Dry Needling is a fast and effective way of alleviating these trigger points.
Tightness in the joints and muscles in our neck and shoulders is a common cause of headaches and migraines. Typically, dysfunctions in the sub-occipital muscles and restrictions in your C1/2 joint can cause headache symptoms towards the eyes and temples. Dry Needling can easily alleviate some of these pains.
In some cases, trigger points can refer pain into different areas of the body. Most commonly, gluteal trigger points can refer pain into the back of the thigh. Dry Needling can treat this pain at the source.
NB: Pain in the thigh should not to be confused with sources of lower back pain. Use the following flowchart for self-diagnosing your lower back pain.
In cases of acute injury the muscles can be too sore or tender to withstand normal massage or deep tissue treatments. Dry Needling can be a more gentle way of alleviating trigger points without the pain and pressure of massage.
Many times, the recovery timeframe for deep tissue treatments is much longer than the recovery time required following Dry Needling. Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle recommend returning to sport only 24-36 hours following needling therapy.
Did you know that many headaches are triggered by tight joints and muscles in and around the neck and shoulders? Commonly your C1/2 segment of your cervical spine will trigger a headache around the eyes and temples.
Did you know that a lot of hamstring and leg pain can be caused by trigger points in the buttock and hip rotator muscles?
Dry Needing and acupuncture can improve a variety of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues, including:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle Knots and Tightness
- Hamstring Pain
- Calf Pain and Shin Splints
- Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Dry Needling Painful?
The short answer… it depends! There is very minimal pain with the needle actually being inserted. These needles are actually about 1/5th of the size of your usual hospital needles.
The practitioner can then choose to either perform a less painful superficial dry needling treatment. This is appropriate if you are new to Dry Needling treatment or if you are experiencing acute pain.
However, for the Dry Needling veterans out there… we can perform a threading technique and hunt for local twitch responses. These twitches can be uncomfortable. It often leaves an effect that is similar to receiving a deep tissue treatment.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Dry needling is an invasive procedure. By this, we mean that there is a needle being inserted into the skin by the practitioner. As such there are some risks involved.
However, each needle is individually packaged and single use only. This means that there is minimal risk of transmitted infections this way.
Dry Needling performed to the Thoracic Spine area does have a small risk of a pneumothorax if not performed correctly. It is for this reason that we always recommend you receive treatment from a fully trained health practitioner.
Is Dry Needling Effective?
Yes! Dry Needling can be hugely effective, especially for those who have received other treatments with little to no effect.
Needles are often able to locate and treat deeper trigger points as opposed to more superficial massage treatments. Furthermore, they increase oxygen and remove acidic chemicals from the targeted muscles which can facilitate healing.
Who Can Do Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is actually a very minimally regulated service, meaning people can offer this service with only little training.
However it is only recommended that you seek this service from health professionals with a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal system such as physiotherapists, chiropractors and highly trained massage therapists. Do your research on your practitioner before commencing treatment.
What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
We have actually written an entire blog on Dry Needling vs Acupuncture here.
The brief version, is that both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same single-use fine filament needles.
Dry Needling is based on Western Medicine philosophies of eliminating trigger points by stimulating a local twitch response. This provides the muscle with increased oxygen supply and removes acidic chemicals thereby allowing the muscle to relax and to reduce pain associated with this tightness.
Conversely, Acupuncturists believe that good health is a product of harmonious balance between “yin” and “yang”, which are the extremes of the life force known as Qi (pronounced: Chi). All illnesses, aches and pains and diseases are suggested to be the consequence of imbalances in this yin and yang.
Acupuncturists believe that your body “Qi” can be accessed through the 350 different acupuncture points, and can be rebalanced through the careful placement and sequencing of needles. Modern neuroscience has demonstrated that these Qi points are places where the nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. This results in increased blood flow and stimulates endorphin release, which, amongst other things, acts as a natural painkiller.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Dry Needling is an effective tool for reducing muscle trigger points. These trigger points can often be resolved within 2-3 treatments.
If your pain is continuing after your treatment, we need to direct our treatment towards preventing this trigger points from recurring. Appropriate exercise rehabilitation may be required.
Is Dry Needling Effective For Headaches?
Cervicogenic headaches are commonly experienced around the eye, temple and forehead on one side of the head. These headaches can often be reproduced by pressing on muscles and joints in the cervical spine, and treated by relieving trigger points in this area and restoring normal joint movement.
Dry Needling is highly effective for relieving these trigger points especially when the area is too tender for typical physiotherapy treatment and massage.
Is Dry Needling Effective For Tendonitis?
Treatment of Tendon Pathologies is multifaceted. We have written a detailed article on treatment of common issues such as golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendinopathy here.
But simply, all tendinopathies require appropriate load management and treatment of compressive and tensile forces. Dry Needling is effective in the treatment of tight muscles which can increase the amount of tensile load which is applied through tendons.
Appropriate exercise rehabilitation is required for successful treatment of tendon pathologies.
What Are The Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry Needling can help to relieve pain and reduce muscle tightness by:
- Increasing blood flow to the area. This provides the tissues with increased oxygen and flushes out acidic chemicals.
- Stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins. These act as your natural ‘pain reliever’.
- Eliminating knots and trigger points in the muscle belly.
- Decreasing pain through the mechanisms mentioned above, and by restoring normal muscle length and tension.
- Improved joint range of movement.
- Dry Needling is effective at treating and working on knots that are unable to be released with standard massage and deep tissue treatments.