Dry Needling involves the use of Sterile (single use) fine Filament Needles, to deactivate Myofascial Trigger Points or pender points within muscle fibers.
Deactivation of Trigger Points helps to reduce painful symptoms, whilst restoring the soft tissue to optimal condition for proper function.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use a fine Filament Needle, however Dry Needling is used specifically when treating Musculoskeletal Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points. Acupuncture is used to treat general Health Conditions.
Dry Needling induces an analgesic effect, through Neuronal Mechanisms that are associated with the Peripheral Nervous System and the Central Nervous System. These Neuronal Mechanisms stimulate the release of opioids, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Noradrenalin; among other Bioactive Substances.
The approach is based on Western Anatomical and Neurophysiological Principles.The Advantages of using Dry Needling include a reduction in local, referred or wide-spread pain, restoration of Muscle activation and an improved Range of motion. The advantages also extend to normalizing the Chemical environment of Active Myofascial Trigger Points.
The Benefits of Dry Needling include:
- Reducing Pain through increased Analgesic Effect
- Reducing Muscle Tension
- Improving Joint Mobility
- Eliminating Trigger Points
- Restoring Muscle Strength
- Reducing Inflamed Soft Tissue (following acute injuries)
Electro Dry Needling
Electro Dry Needling is a modified form of dry needling which utilises an electro-stimulation unit connected via cables to fine filament needles. The combination of dry needling with electro-stimulation often prolongs the pain relief effect by blocking nerve pathways and preventing pain signals from traveling to the brain.
The frequency, intensity and mode of stimulation will vary depending on the reason for the treatment. Low Frequency/ High Intensity stimulation will typically be used with a frequency of 10Hz during Electro Stimulation, which is optimal for targeting the motor fibers that are responsible for producing long term pain relief.
During your Electro Dry Needling treatment with BDHH Osteopath Dr. Steph Morstead, you may experience twitching, contractions, numbness or tingling in the area that is being treated. The frequency and intensity are consistently monitored to avoid pain or discomfort. This method of treatment often results in relaxation and pain relief.
Electro Dry Needling is commonly used to treat Acute and Chronic Conditions such as:
- Musculo-skeletal pain: Strains, Spasms, Cramps, Hypertonicity,
- Trigger Points
- Bone Fractures
- Joint Pathologies: Arthritis, Sprains, Disc Pathologies,Joint Restriction
- Nerve Damage: Neuropathy, Radiculopathy, Post-Operative Pain