Dry Needling / Acupuncture
What is Dry Needling/Acupuncture?
Both acupuncture and dry needling involves application of fine needles at specific points of the body.
Acupuncture is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that good health is determined by a balanced flow of chi (ie. the vital life energy) along meridian channels. Interruptions and unbalance in these meridian channels result in pain or illness. Hence needles are inserted into along meridian channels to redirect and rebalance chi.
Dry needling is used in Physiotherapy and into tight and sore muscles known as ‘Trigger Points’ or “muscle knots” to elicit a healing response. Trigger points can result from muscle overuse, repetitive muscle overload, sustained loading, poor posture and injury (eg. tear, strain, break). Fine needles are inserted just below the surface of your skin to create changes in tissue function and physiology. Dry needling helps to reduce muscle spasm, improve blood flow and pain, and encourage healing. Dry needling has also been shown to improve sleep patterns and increase feelings of well-being.
This treatment technique can be incorporated into your session depending on your condition and medical history. If you are interested in this available treatment, let your Physiotherapist know at your next appointment.
Body Rhythm Physiotherapy staff have completed the required training and are accredited to perform this technique according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association.