Dry Needling is an effective technique and is just one of the many tools a qualified Acupuncturist uses to relieve localised pain and improve range of motion for their patient. Sometimes called intramuscular stimulation, it involves the practitioner stimulating trigger points in the body to release tension ‘knots’ in the muscle.
While acupuncture and dry needling seem similar, acupuncture's purpose is to treat the root of the problem and symptoms arising from this imbalance, while dry needling focuses primarily on symptoms.
Dry Needling is widely used to inhibit the transmission of pain from the spinal cord. It work by increasing the release of pain relieving chemicals in the brain, and as such follows Western anatomical and neurophysiology principles.
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So, how does Dry Needling work? In essence, fine acupuncture needles are inserted through the skin into the muscle to achieve a ‘twitching’ effect. This sudden contraction feels like a very mild electric shock and lasts up to 30 seconds. The practitioner may leave the needle inserted for a particular amount of time or use a sparrow pecking (in-out) technique to give stronger stimulation.
Gentler needling may be used around the local tension site to affect the central nervous system instead if needed.
Mild side effects are very common and may include bruising to the area, bleeding and pain. Aggravation of the symptom may result prior to improvement, and tiredness afterwards can occur. More serious negative side effects are rare.
Please note, some practitioners offer dry needling without extensive training, however proper instruction and practise is required to deliver effect and safe results.
Visiting a qualified Acupuncturist like Kelli at Zen Medicine Clinic is always recommended for best results!