Dry needling is a musculoskeletal procedure used as a therapy for muscular pain, inflammation and dysfunction. During the procedure, a thin, sterilized filament needle is inserted into the muscle at a Myofascial Trigger Point site. These trigger points are small areas of contracted muscle fibers; more commonly known as “knots” and occur as a result of musculoskeletal stress or neuromuscular dysfunction.
How does it work?
The goal of dry needling is to stimulate the nervous system to elicit a chain of reactions to accelerate healing at the site of pain. Inserting a needle into a trigger point produces pain which triggers the nervous system to release neurochemicals to inhibit or stop the muscle spasm. These neurochemicals, such as Endorphins and Corticosteroids, are natural analgesics and act to relieve pain. The immune system also responds and sends white bloods cells to the site of pain, as well as oxygenated and nutrient rich red blood cells to elicit an inflammatory response and initiate the healing process. This chain of reactions caused by simply inserting the needle encourages relaxation of the affected muscle and a reduction in muscle spasm and pain.
Dry Needling Vs Acupuncture
While both practices involve inserting needles into your skin and muscles, they come from different schools of thought. Dry needling is strictly based on Western medical principles and research; and is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Acupuncture on the other hand, is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles. Therapists at Studio Musculoskeletal are degree qualified therapists and only practice Western Myofascial Dry Needling.
Electro-Stimulation Needling is based on the same principles as Myofascial Dry Needling. The needle is still inserted into a myofascial trigger point. The filament needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electrical pulses through the needle and into the trigger point. The Musculoskeletal Therapists will adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulses depending on the pathology being treated.
Why Choose Electro Needling?
While both traditional Dry Needling and Electro Needling will produce similar affects, Electro Needling results are generally faster acting and last for longer. The level of stimulation is standardized and controlled across all inserted electro needles, as opposed to the more traditional dry needling which requires the therapist to manually stimulate the inserted needles individually. Electro Stimulation Needling also allows a strong and continuous stimulation with a lot less tissue damage produced.
What Conditions Can Benefit?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Such conditions include, but are not limited to;
- Muscular strain and spasm
- General muscular tightness
- Myofascial trigger points
- Tension headaches
- Reduced joint flexibility
- Neurological pathology
At Studio Musculoskeletal we offer stand alone Dry Needling consultations because we strongly believe that dedicated treatment attention produces the best results. Dry Needling sessions will begin with a thorough Musculoskeletal assessment followed by the treatment application. Sessions last for up to 45 minutes. Our therapists are here to work with you to develop physical health management plans to suit your musculoskeletal goals and will recommend what form of needling will be best for you.
Studio Musculoskeletal is a boutique physical therapy practice specialising in Musculoskeletal Therapy, Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Dry Needling and Cupping Therapy. We service Albion, Clayfield, Ascot, Hendra, Hamilton, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Nundah and Wavell Heights, but welcome clients from all over Brisbane.
Let us help you improve your musculoskeletal health. For more information or to arrange an appointment book online now or phone our Albion clinic on 07 3262 7182