Dry needling and acupuncture are used for a variety of injuries and conditions, including low back pain, sport injuries, overuse injuries, headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and jaw pain. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, we can educate you on the benefits of needling and whether it is right for you.
Trigger point dry needling involves the use of a thin needle to target myofascial trigger points, which are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle. These are often described as having a “knot” in your muscle, and can cause pain, discomfort and reduced range of motion.
Using the needle, your physiotherapist will target these myofascial trigger points in order to cause a local twitch response, which may be felt by the patient and observed by the physiotherapist. Dry needling can create positive benefits in a short amount of time, and can be a great addition to your treatment plan.
There are two categories of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese acupuncture and Western acupuncture. While Western acupuncture follows the basic principles of Traditional Chinese acupuncture, the use of acupuncture in physiotherapy is different that Traditional acupuncture and is used to facilitate healing by stimulating the nervous system and addressing imbalances.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help modulate pain and assist the bodies healing process, making acupuncture a beneficial addition to your physiotherapy session.