Dry Needling in Bendigo
Dry needling is a specialized treatment technique used at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and problems.
The technique involves using fine acupuncture needles to needle specifically into or over muscle trigger points, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It works to release the myofascial trigger point and activate the healing process, resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy tissue physiology. Dry Needling may also be used by following the pathway of the nervous system throughout the body and impacting the brain’s perception of pain.
The technique requires a deep understanding of the relationship between how a muscle works and the components they are made up of. Muscle fibres, connective tissue and nerves all play a role in correct muscular contraction and therefore how a body moves. Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo are highly trained and experienced in Dry Needling techniques.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Although both Dry Needling and Acupuncture utilise the same type of acupuncture needle for treatment, the principals and concepts of their use differ considerably. Acupunture is based on traditional Chinese medicine, which utilises meridian energy pathways throughout the body, with a concept of spiritual paradigm. Dry needling however, is based on needling specific anatomical structures to gain biological responses from different tissues. These biological responses include twitch responses from the muscle, altering chemical make-up of muscles, and altering the cell activity of muscles.
Dr Needling is highly effective for treating a wide range of pain conditions that may originate in trigger points. Trigger points are tender points or knots in muscles which can cause the muscles to malfunction or refer pain into other parts of the body. Myofascial pain can be widespread and is sometimes hard to describe or localise. Trigger points can cause many types of pain and treatment can assist with:
– Soft tissue injuries
– Chronic pain & fibromyalgia
– Work injuries
– Motor vehicle injuries
Dry needling is a standard inclusion to any consultation with our physiotherapists if deemed appropriate for the presenting condition. Muscle stretching and strengthening exercises are used in conjunction with dry needling treatment to help improve muscle flexibility and strength. This in turn assists the muscles to work more normally – and means that chronic pain can be alleviated.
If you think you may benefit from Dry Needling, please mention it to our receptionists so you are booked in with one of our dry needling physios.