At Balanced Life Health Care Ferntree Gully, we perform both modern and traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling styles. We use Dry Needling to treat many different types of conditions, such as pain and musculoskeletal disorders.
What can Dry Needling be used for?
Needling therapies such as Acupuncture or Dry needling can be useful in managing the pain and symptoms of:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Headaches and migraine
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel
- Low back pain
- General pain relief
What is the difference between Dry Needling & Acupuncture?
Dry needling is a term that was derived in the early 1940s by a technique developed by Janet Travell and David Simons. Sometimes called Trigger point therapy, Myofacial trigger point needling or Western Acupuncture. Dry needling initially was the injection of substance such as orticosteroids, saline solution and analgesics into sites of trigger Points which are essentially a site of irritation within the muscle fibre which can form a knot or small area of muscle tightness, pain or contraction. Dry needling now mostly uses filiform needles commonly used in Acupuncture. Dry Needling is a subpart of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture typically described a form of needle therapy performed by an Acupuncturist. The needles are inserted into “neural nodes” (or as we call the in Chinese ‘Jie’) and the stimulation of these nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and encephalin, which have pain-relieving properties. No Acupuncture does not work on energy flow or meridians, as incorrectly quoted as a point of difference by many manual therapists who perform dry needling. It works directly or indirectly on the injured body part.
The main difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture, is the areas of needle insertion even in the same condition and the duration of needle retention. For examples an Acupuncturist may incorporate dry needling with distal needling styles, and will leave the needles in for a longer duration, a twitch response is not always necessary in Acupuncture.
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