Maryborough Natural Therapies - "The natural approach to better health"

Dry-Needling can form a very useful part of your treatment. Here we educate you on what it is and how it works!

When you come in for a treatment, you may be feeling 'sore,' 'stiff' or 'tight' in a particular area of your body, which is giving you enough discomfort. These areas of soreness can be referred to by us as a trigger point.
 
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within a muscle that give rise to referred pain and tenderness. Often these are the areas which most people refer to as a 'knot' or painful spot on the body. 
 
 If these tight spots are left untreated, they can alter the way a muscle should work and in the longer term cause more pain in the affected area as well as other muscles. Our bodies are excellent at finding ways to cope if we lose the function of a particular area. 

Dry needling involves inserting a thin acupuncture needle into a 'trigger point' and leaving it in place for a few minutes, or we may chose to locate the trigger point and then move the needle around to reproduce the pain you have been feeling, in an attempt to deactivate the trigger point. 

When the needles go in, usually the client will not feel much pain as the needles are very fine. If you do experience a lot of pain on insertion, please let your Myotherapists know immediately. Your therapist will often remove the needle and reinsert it so it does not cause you pain on insertion.

You may experience a dull ache from the needle, but this is a good response as it is working on your trigger point. Dry needling of a number of trigger points can be done in one session, with pain relief lasting three to four days after one session, and then any sessions after this it will continue to improve and relief will be longer until it goes 100 percent.

 One theory is the body is very good at recognising a foreign object in the body (i.e. the needle). It will deal with this foreign object by sending more blood flow to the area to flush away the object, this increase in blood flow may be what alters the pain and intensity of a trigger point by almost flushing it out.
 
Another theory that exists is the gate-control pain theory whereby when the needle is inserted into the muscle, the body's natural immune system is initiated promoting blood flow to a specific area. With tens machine we activate contraction in the muscle creating more blood flow to the area. Also overload of the central nervous system blocks and overrides the pain signal going up the spinal thalamic tract.

If you have not experienced Dry needling and think it may work for you, next time you are in, discuss this with your Myotherapist. All the needles we use are single use needles, all individually wrapped and sterile, alcohol swabs are used to clean the skin before and after the needling to eliminate any bacteria. Gloves are worn too.

Please always let your Myotherapist know if you have any blood clotting issues or illnesses that may make the use of needles not appropriate for you.



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