Welcome to another Techniques used in Myotherapy blog post. Here we discuss Dry Needling, how it is used and why it works!
Dry Needling is a technique used by our Myotherapists to help our patients with pain relief, tissue healing and injury management.
What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
While both disciplines use needles as a therapeutic tool, the intent and philosophies behind the two modalities are quite different. Acupuncture has developed from Chinese medicine, using eastern philosophies to deliver a holistic therapy – treating far more than musculoskeletal issues. Dry Needling, when used in Myotherapy at Mobilise Remedial Massage Brisbane, is a treatment technique designed to help address tissue dysfunction and injury, and is based on scientific evidence and practice.
How does Dry Needling work?
It creates a stretch to muscle fibre sections, and alters the “resting potential” (electrical current running through muscles) of the tissue, which reduces contraction and allows the muscle to regain more resting length.
FOR PAIN RELIEF:
Similar to trigger point therapy, needling can create a mild stimulus to the painful area, which causes the brain to start its own pain-relieving mechanisms. This triggers endorphin release and re-mapping of the neural pathways, essentially desensitising the painful region.
FOR INJURY MANAGEMENT:
The needle can create a “microtrauma” to injured tissues, which induces self-healing processes, including local inflammation to remove the damaged tissues and help build healthy tissue instead.
What can it be used for?
- Accessing hard to reach areas: such as deep muscles, or tissues deep within joints.
- Sensitive to touch: if the patient is ticklish or jumpy, needling can be a gentle therapy solution.
- Chronic Pain: great to use when the patient cannot tolerate deep massage techniques.
- Skin Conditions: needling is done under strict infection control, and can be used if the skin cannot be touched by the therapist.
- Overuse conditions: Injuries such as tendinopathies can be treated using needles as it helps heal the tissue at a microscopic level with the micro-trauma process described above.
Experience Dry Needling at Mobilise today:
- Book with Myotherapist Leslie, our resident Dry Needling guru. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Musculoskeletal Therapy, which includes two years of advanced courses in Dry Needling, infection control, advanced anatomy and physiology.
- We use only the highest quality Myotech needles. These needles are very thin, and should not cause much pain.
- We follow strict infection control procedures to ensure our patients have a high quality and safe Dry Needling experience.
Book with Leslie here now!
Studies done on the Effectiveness of Dry Needling (Journal of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine 2015)
Pain Management studies that include Dry Needling (EMPA Journal 2012)