Chiropractor using Dry Needles at Impulse Chiropractic

Dry Needling is used to help stimulate a healing and repair response effect in the body.

We use dry needling in the treatment of many different musculoskeletal conditions and presentations. Depending on the areas treated and the specific technique of needling used, dry needling can help;

  • Reduce muscle spasm and myofascial trigger points
  • Reduce tissue inflammation
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve local immune and healing responses
  • Better muscle activation

At Impulse Chiropractic, dry needling is often used in conjunction with other treatment and rehab methods to help achieve the best result for the patient.

Chiropractor using Dry Needles at Impulse Chiropractic
How does it work?

Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin filiform needle is directly inserted into an active myofascial trigger point (MTrP), with the aim of eliciting a local twitch response in the muscle tissue. Myofascial trigger points (MTrP’s) are palpable and hyperirritable nodules located in the taut band of skeletal muscles. It is often referred to in laymen’s terms as a “knot”. These trigger points when active can cause pain, as well as reducing movement and functional capacity.

There are many different causes of a trigger point, some of which include:

  • Sustained postures and continuous muscle contraction
  • Stress
  • A change in regular muscle activity or loading
  • Sudden or unexpected movements
  • Injury – muscles will typically tighten in areas surrounding pain or injury to limit the severity of the damage
  • Nerve impingement
  • Metabolic and endocrine disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Illnesses

The process of inserting the needle into the tissue is thought to stimulate the local and central nervous system to release a cascade of chemicals locally and throughout the body. This initiates a healing process which helps moderate chemical imbalances, changes local blood circulation, and changes nerve pathways.

This typically results in immediate positive changes such as reduced pain, increased range of motion, increased muscle activation and reduced inflammation. Positive long-term effects may be seen after 2-3 sessions. After treatment, you may experience some soreness and minor bruising on the same day. Ice application to the area where the needles where inserted can help to manage this.

Chiropractor using Dry Needles at Impulse Chiropractic
What can dry needling help with?
Dry needling when used in conjunction with other forms of manual therapy can help to relieve pain and movement limitations associated with myofascial trigger points. Trigger points can arise on their own or secondary to other issues such as nerve impingement, injury, illness etc. Dry needling can assist with pain management related to other musculoskeletal conditions such as sprains, strains, and tendinopathies.
Chiropractor using Dry Needles at Impulse Chiropractic
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

We are often asked at the clinic, “Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?” Or “what is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?” The simple answer is, No, they are not the same, but they have a number of similarities.

The fundamental difference between the two techniques is the theory and clinical reasoning behind how and why it works.

Dry needling is derived from Western medicine and its anatomical and neurophysiological principles.

Acupuncture predominantly follows Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, chi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The insertion of the needles at these specific points along the meridians is thought to redirect the flow of energy to help with pain and other ailments.

There are also some differences in the way patients are assessed before treatment. Prior to dry needling treatment, patients are assessed through palpation, range of motion, dermatomes, myotomes, and a twitch response. Assessment prior to acupuncture typically involves, meridians, yin and yang pulse, tongue diagnosis, acupoints and no twitch response.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

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