PAIN MANAGEMENT ⋅ ACUPUNCTURE ⋅ REHAB
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Acupuncture Therapy and Dry Needling
As part of our holistic treatment approach, acupuncture plays an important role as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of pain, inflammation and stress. It also improves your immune activity, induces relaxation and helps with the release of emotions. We believe that the overall experience of your physiotherapy session can be enhanced with acupuncture.
The practice of acupuncture originated in China, where it has been used for thousands of years. In the 1970’s, President Nixon visited China and thereafter scientists and clinicians in the USA and the rest of the Western World were exposed to and used acupuncture for the treatment of pain and other medical conditions.
Acupuncture therapy works by placing very thin mono-filament needles (dry needles) into specific points along pathways, or meridians, which are linked with the flow of energy throughout the body. Interestingly, these meridians also correspond with nerve fibres communicating impulses along the peripheral (nerves outside the brain and spinal cord) and central (brain and spinal cord) nervous system to relieve pain, improve circulation and many other functions in the body.
Dry needling first came to light, almost incidentally, during the late 1930’s. It was initially discovered and further investigated as a form of injection therapy typically used in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions and dysfunction. The treatment is based on the theory that myofascial trigger point development (hyper-irritable knots in muscles and surrounding connective tissue) leads to neuromuscular dysfunction, causing pain and decreased function.
Both Acupuncture and Dry needling have localized effects where the body responds to the “micro-injury” from the needle insertion and activates local and central immune systems. Both modalities release endorphins, resulting in pain relief, as well as serum cortisol, resulting in an anti-inflammatory response to the area being treated. Dry needling specifically enters the muscle to create a muscle twitch response and this engenders a muscle contraction, followed by muscle relaxation.
Acupuncture releases different types of hormones and neurotransmitters (chemical messengers allowing communication throughout our brain and body) that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, increases blood flow and has positive effects on nerve growth.
- Pain, painful musculoskeletal conditions
- Anxiety and stress
- Stiffness and decreased range of movement
- Relief of many other conditions that can be treated with acupuncture