A common question is “Do you do dry Needling?” Absolutely yes we do! Dry needling is a type of acupuncture which is rapidly gaining in popularity, it involves the insertion of a needles into tightly bound muscle fibres, trigger points or muscular knots which cause local and referred pain.
By manipulating the needle in a specific manner, Dry Needling can induce a twitch response which will desensitise the area, resolve pain and release to muscle fibres to restore natural blood circulation.
CAUTIONARY NOTE – There is a strange twist to Australian Law which requires Acupuncturists to hold a bachelor degree level qualification and be registered along side other health professionals such as psychologists, chiropractors, doctors, nurses etc,. yet body workers such as massage therapists can do a short course and qualify to use acupuncture needles for ‘dry needling!’
FINDING A PRACTITIONER YOU CAN TRUST!
Dry needling is clearly within the scope of an acupuncturist, most Acupuncturists spend between 4-5 years of study on acupuncture alone, plus numerous hours of professional development each year. An Acupuncturist who has an interested in sports medicine should be your first choice for the proper resolution of trigger points.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach of mind and body; Dry Needling is a local needle treatment to address physical pain, a good Acupuncturist will safely and effectively incorporate both aspects of wellbeing into your treatment plan to create the best outcomes for your health.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER TO ACUPUNCTURE?
The term “trigger point” was coined by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940s, the Chinese medical literature described the phenomena of tight bands muscle bands, tender knots within muscles that refer pain to distant locations, and needling as a treatment for the problem as early as the first century BCE. Many experts and organizations, including the World Health Organization, classify dry needling as a sub-type of acupuncture.
WHAT CAUSES TRIGGER POINTS?
Trigger points, or muscular knots occur when a muscle is overloaded, either suddenly or chronically. Most people have at least a few trigger points, given that so many common situations cause them. Potential causes of trigger points include:
- Maintaining an awkward position too long
- Poor lifting habits
- Carrying an overloaded purse
- Bad posture
- Sitting on a wallet in the back pocket
- Hitching up your hip to carry a child
- Sitting at a computer for too long
- Any type of repetitive motion
- Poorly designed shoes
- Car accidents
- Structural anomalies (short arms, one leg that is longer than the other, an asymmetrical pelvis, etc.)
Much of the stiffness and many of the aches and pains that we tend to accept as a normal part of aging are likely caused by the large collection of trigger points that most people have amassed by the time they are senior citizens.
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
Mark has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal aches and pains, he incorporates a three way approach including classic Chinese acupuncture, Modern trigger point techniques and ‘Tung’ style distal acupuncture for an all inclusive and thorough approach to resolving pain fast!
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