Acupuncture is a treatment technique used to treat a wide range of conditions and reduce pain. Its application in Traditional Chinese Medicine involves the insertion of small needles into the skin. These insertion points follow channels known as Meridians, and it is the insertion into these acupuncture points that create the pain relief response.
Dry Needling is based on Western anatomical knowledge and is used in the treatment of musculoskeletal and myofascial pain and conditions. Dry needling works by needling directing into the overactive areas of muscle, known as trigger points.
How it works:
The application of needles into the skin stimulates the brain to release pain inhibiting chemicals providing both local and general pain relief. During Dry Needling, the needles inserted directly into the muscle can elicit a pain reliving response by sending injury signals to the brain that promote healing. Needling directly into a muscle trigger point will make the muscle relax and promote circulation to the affected area. It is used in addition to other manual physiotherapy techniques and exercise in the treatment and management of conditions.
How does it feel?
Acupuncture and Dry Needling are regarded as a very safe treatment. Insertion of the needles is often not felt or at most described as a mild pricking sensation. Sometimes a muscular twitch or ache can be felt during Dry Needling, which can leave some mild post treatment soreness. Any side effects are often mild and short lived, and are fully described prior to any treatment commencing.
On the Day:
We will ask you to fill in a separate consent form which highlights the uncommon but possible side effects and some acupuncture specific safety questions such as skin quality, blood conditions, previous fainting episodes and needle phobia. Based on the assessment of your complaint, we will then explain the acupuncture treatment we feel is best for you in terms of duration, number of needles and area. Depending on the injury and type of acupuncture you require, the needling can last from a few minutes up to half an hour. Although not essential, we ask that you aim to have eaten something (a light snack would suffice) within the 2 hours prior to your appointment time.
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