Muskuloskeletal Acupuncture | Dry Needling
Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, stainless steel needles that are inserted in to the skin to create a response from the Central Nervous System (CNS). These needles are sterile and for single patient use.
Our blue mountains chiropractor Dr Matt Windsor has completed postgraduate study in Musculoskeletal Acupuncture. This type of treatment is also also has variation on the technique called Dry Needling (DN) or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). This involves learning specific acupuncture points that correspond to certain muscles to create pain relief and/or stimulate healing of injuries. This type of treatment is different to traditional acupuncture with is part of a practice called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM uses needles to assist in the flow of "chi".
Dry needling (DN) or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that is used on trigger points or “knots” in muscles, as well as ‘old injuries’ that have failed to heal well. DN utilises the same needles as Acupuncture, however the needle is moved differently. A technique known as “pecking” is used where the therapist moves the needle “in and out” of the tight muscle or trigger point to create a pain relieving and positive inflammatory response.
DN can elicit an involuntary “twitch” in the muscle when the trigger point is reached; once the twitch has occurred the muscle will then relax and be looser. The inflammatory response achieved with DN can re-start the healing process of old injuries that have either failed to heal or have had a long rehabilitation pathway.
The evidence base for Acupuncture or Dry Needling has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, research has grown to provide evidence-based support in the treatment of:
* acute and chronic back pain
* chronic neck pain
* tension type and migraine headaches
* pelvic girdle pain
* knee osteoarthritis
* lateral elbow pain and tendonitits
* shoulder conditions.
* ankle sprain/ strain rehabilitation