Western Accupuncture - Dry Needling

Western Accupuncture - Dry Needling from Cloud 9 Massage Narrabeen

By: Cloud 9 Massage Narrabeen  02-Jun-2014
Keywords: Remedial Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Pain Relief

Dry Needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique used by therapists to treat myofascial pain. Without using any medication, a “dry needle” is inserted into areas of the muscle known as trigger points (taut bands of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group). Trigger points can be tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Physical therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the trigger points and relieving pain. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. Numerous terms have been used in conjunction with dry needling. Some of the more common terms include trigger point manual therapy, trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry Needling is not acupuncture and has no relationship with Oriental Medicine. What to expect from my dry needling therapy? Dry Needling has been practiced by physical therapists for over 20 years with minimal numbers of adverse effects reported. When the needle is applied for 5 to 10mm of the skins surface, a small prick may be felt. This should subside immediately and replaced with a dull ache. Anyone familiar with traditional accupuncture will recognize this feeling. The most common side effects include post-needling soreness, fatigue, and minor hematomas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your therapist How does dry needling work? Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) trigger points is based on theories similar, but not exclusive, to traditional acupuncture, however, dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional “meridians”, accessed via acupuncture. The distinction between trigger points and acupuncture points for the relief of pain is blurred as there seems to be a similarity to the locations of trigger points and classical acupuncture points for the relief of pain. What distinguishes dry needling from traditional acupuncture is that it does not use the full range of traditional theories of Chinese Medicine. Dry needling would be most directly comparable to the use of so-called 'a-shi' points in acupuncture. The debated distinction between dry needling and acupuncture has become a controversy because it relates to an issue of scope of practice of various professions.

Keywords: Deep Tissue Massage, Dry Needling, Pain Relief, Remedial Massage, Western Accupuncture

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