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    Acupuncture/Dry Needle Therapy

    Dry needle therapy Perth helps to relieve pain caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction by relaxing myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are tight bands that develop in the muscles causing pain. Trigger points can develop from stress on the muscles such as due to poor posture and repetitive actions.


    What is Dry Needling?

    Dry needling involves gently inserting a small needle into the trigger point. The needle is gently manipulated which can produce a twitch response in the muscle. The aim is to allow the muscle to relax, reducing pain. The needle is then removed after a short period of time.


    Is Dry Needling the Same as Acupuncture?

    There are similarities between dry needling and acupuncture, however they are not the same. Dry needling differs from acupuncture in a few ways. Dry needle therapy Perth is a Western medicine that focuses on reducing pain and restoring function through releasing myofascial trigger points in the muscle. However, acupuncture is a traditional Eastern philosophy that treats conditions by restoring the flow of Qi (energy) through points on the body called meridians. This aims to restore health and balance to the body.


    What are Myofascial Trigger Points?

    A myofascial trigger point is also known as a knot in the muscle. It occurs when the muscle fibres have shortened when activated, but not returned to their original relaxed length. The muscle fibres become tight, and can compress the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. This results in the muscle lacking a fresh supply of blood and nutrients, and also being unable to flush out waste properly. This reduces the ability of the muscle to operate correctly and can lead to pain or discomfort.


    What Causes Myofascial Trigger Points?

    Myofascial trigger points form as part of the body’s natural protective mechanisms. They can occur due to the following:
    Unexpected or fast movements
    Overloading the muscles
    Prolonged sitting
    Poor posture
    Nerve impingement
    Nutrient deficiencies


    Is Dry Needling Safe?

    Yes. Dry needle therapy Perth is a safe and relaxing process. Sometimes the needle being inserted into the trigger point can cause slight pain, however many patients do not feel the needles at all. Some patients experience tiredness after a dry needling session; however, this doesn’t last long and there are no lingering effects that interfere with daily activities.


    What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?

    Dry needling is effective for a range of musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain. Some of the conditions that dry needling is effective in treating include:
    Lower back pain
    Arm pain
    Shoulder pain
    Tennis elbow
    Leg pain
    Sprained ankles
    Repetitive motion disorders

    Dry needling is a method that uses single use needles in a similar way to acupuncture Perth. However, dry needling differs from acupuncture as it focuses on releasing myofascial trigger points (knots) to reduce pain and restore function.

    If you would like to learn more about dry needling and acupuncture, or would like to book an appointment, contact our experienced physiotherapist in perth who are more than happy to answer your questions.

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