ACUPUNCTURE originated in China over 5000 years ago and is based on the belief that good health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (energy) along the twelve major meridians of the body which are linked to specific internal and external organ systems. It recognises that the body has an innate ability for self-healing through stimulating the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins, assisting in pain relief.
At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy we insert single-use, sterile and disposable needles at specific points along these meridians to alter the flow of Qi in order to relieve muscular tension, stress and ultimately pain. In acupuncture we also use what are called Ah Chi points which are basically trigger points in a muscle that are not found on a meridian. These are the points which are used in DRY NEEDLING.
In dry needling and acupuncture the needles tend to be left in situ for any given period of time based on the desired effects in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction eg increased blood flow, muscle relaxation etc.
Acupuncture and Dry Needling are useful modalities which provide a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions assisting in pain relief and injury rehabilitation. Below is a list of the most commonly treated conditions;
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Achilles Injuries
- Hip and Leg Pain
- Knee Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Sinus troubles
- Musculoskeletal Injuries/Muscle/Joint Pain
TRIGGER POINT NEEDLING (which an acupuncturist will also call dry needling) is where a needle is poked in and out of the trigger point quickly (like pecking) to stimulate a twitch response to reset the muscle spindle. It is uncomfortable and can leave the patient feeling quite sore (aching) for anywhere from 2hours to 2days following this type of needling. It is used more in chronic conditions eg a runner who continues to get tight calf muscles, overactive gluteals in low back pain etc.
An initial assessment is necessary for all Acupuncture appointments. Please contact your local Sports & Spinal for more information.