Medical acupuncture (or dry needling) is a neuromuscular treatment technique, which uses fine acupuncture needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction.
It is used to treat myofascial pain, specifically Trigger Points, which are painful points deep within tight bands of muscle fibres. Small, thin needles are inserted into the trigger points causing pain and restriction. The muscles may then contract and release (known as a local twitch response) improving flexibility of the muscle and decrease of symptoms. Treatment stimulates certain neurological sensors in the body which modulate pain signals. Medical acupuncture seeks to create positive local biochemical changes and an increase of blood flow which assists the healing process and a restoration of normal function and movement.
What type of problems can be treated? – Any condition where pain and dysfunction presents – It is particularly effective at treating long standing chronic muscle pain such as;
- Frequent headaches/migraines
- Neck or back pain
- Frozen shoulder/Rotator cuff impingement – reduced shoulder mobillity
- Runner’s knee/IT Band ‘syndrome’
- Plantar Fasciitis – heel and foot pain