Acupuncture

What is Medical Acupuncture (dry needling)?

Medical Acupuncture is the application of fine filament needles inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. The needle is manipulated until a twitch response is achieved. This twitch response is an involuntary spinal cord reflex in which muscle fibers in a taut band of muscle contracts, this feels much like a localised muscle cramp often accompanied with a dull ache. Medical Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for neuromuscular dysfunction. Healthy muscles will feel very little in the way of pain on insertion of a needle. However, muscles that are shortened and have active trigger points will illicit a twitch response. It is not uncommon for patients to feel reproduction of their pain and this can be very helpful for the practitioner in attempting to diagnose the possible cause. Medical Acupuncture is a fantastic technique in deactivating trigger points, restoring normal length in muscles and significantly reducing pain.

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What does it do?

  • Suppresses pain signals by blocking messages between muscle receptors and the central nervous system
  • Increases blood flow to the area promoting healing
  • Releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer)

Medical Acupuncture can be a superior treatment over massage therapy as practitioners can treat deeper layers of muscle and illicit that twitch response that is otherwise difficult to reach with hands and elbows thus giving immediate relief of symptoms.

What can Medical Acupuncture help?

  • Muscle strains and spasms
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Joint pain
  • Overuse and repetitive strain injuries

 

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-Acupuncture is a modified form of traditional acupuncture in which a pulsating electrical current is applied between pairs of acupuncture needles.

 

Possible side effects immediately following treatment.

  • Localised pain (feels like bruising) within the first 24 hours
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Tiredness and relaxation
  • And in extreme cases fainting