Dry Needling, using acupuncture needles, is practiced at Maitland Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries to compliment other forms of treatment. Dry Needling is not for every patient, and like all treatments is recommended for patients on a case-by-case basis.
Dry Needling is performed by therapists who have formal training and are registered to practice the procedure.
Strict hygiene rules are followed using single-use disposable needles. The needles are acupuncture needles, which are very fine. You may feel a slight pin prick, which gives only temporary discomfort. In most cases you will not even feel the needle go in. The deep needling sensation may be an ache, warmth, heaviness or tingling. Sometimes needling brings on a local twitch response. These are all part of the successful response.
The process involves inserting very fine needles at specific points of the body. The needles are left in briefly. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.
Dry Needling stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it can increase the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
Typical conditions Dry Needling is used to treat include, but are not limited to:
- Pain relief associated with musculoskeletal pain such as back, shoulder, neck and leg pain,
- Trapped nerves,
- Chronic muscle strains,
- Tight muscles,
- Taut muscle fibre and trigger points,
- Sports injuries,and
- Various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain.
At Maitland Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Dry Needling is performed by therapists who are trained and qualified. The practitioners keep abreast of needling procedures through continual professional development.
Acupuncture is not practiced in our clinic. Acupuncture is performed by registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and is different to dry needling. The traditional Asian explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. Known as meridians, they act as pathways through the body to help nourish tissues. In acupuncture needles are inserted along these pathways to treat various ailments. If you are seeking acupuncture treatment contact the Australian acupuncture association to find an acupuncturist in your area.