Originating in China, acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that encourages the body to promote natural healing and improves function and balance.
How does it work?
Energy channels called meridians, run in regular patterns throughout the body. Meridians are like rivers of energy all over the body and when there is a blockage or obstruction in the movement of these rivers, just like a dam, they can back up.
Inserting very thin and therefore painless needles into the precise acupuncture points that are found throughout the body re-establishes the flow of energy through the meridians.
What are the effects?
Acupuncture helps the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption and energy production activities as well as the circulation of energy and hormone function. The treatment stimulates the brain to release endorphins, which are natural ‘feel good’ hormones, providing natural pain relief.
Improved energy and biomechanical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulation of the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture can help with:
- Chronic and acute pain
- Digestive disorders; gastritis, constipation, diarrhoea
- Respiratory disorders; sinus, sore throat, bronchitis, recurring chest infections, asthma, hay fever
- Joint and muscular disorders; headaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, lower back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis
- Psychological disorders: anxiety, stress, depression and sleep issues
- Gynaecological issues: Menstruation, reproduction and fertility issues
- IVF and pregnancy support
Dry needling is an invasive procedure whereby solid filament (acupuncture) needles are inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point.
A myofascial trigger point (sometimes known as a knot) consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles which are not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture.
What can Dry Needling help?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms.
Conditions which respond to dry needling include, but are not limited to:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Golfer’s elbow
- Sciatic Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries