DRY NEEDLE ACUPUNCTURE
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Science has found that when an acupuncture needle is place directly into a trigger point there is a micro trauma that promotes a hormonal healing response. This immediately softens painful trigger points in muscles and fascia.
Trigger Points occur in muscles or fascia after trauma such as a sports injury, spinal pain, after a stroke, or with prolonged work such as using the computer for too long.
Trigger Points are tender tight points in muscles that are extremely sensitive to pressure or touch. Research has shown that trigger points are a chronic change in muscle tone but there is no change in the actual muscle tissue. Acupuncture into trigger points releases a hormonal healing response. Along with the local hormonal release there is also a seretonin release in the central nervous system during dry needle acupuncture.
DOES IT HURT?
The needles are so fine that in the majority of cases there is little sensation. However, there can be a momentary "Ah Shi" response where there is a twitch in the muscle that causes a quick sensation.
The use of electricity to heal has a long history with the first recorded use in the stone carvings of the Egyptians (2500BC) using electric fish. The Greeks are recorded to have used a torpedo fish (500BC) for curing headaches and joint pain. Electrified Fish have now been superseded by TENS or transcutaneous electro therapy. It is a pleasant pulsing current from a very safe battery operated TENS machine. Using a low frequency and high intensity it has been found to release Endogenous opiod peptides (EOP) hormones in the spinal cord and brain. These hormones relieve pain and promote a healing response in the body. Different stimulation levels release different EOP's. This treatment is very effective for any chronic pain conditions :
Low back pain
Recurrent sporting injuries