Dry needling North Sydney involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point. A trigger point consists of multiple contractions within a muscle belly forming a knot. They are often tender and feel painful when pressed or squeezed. These trigger points are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
Dry needling North Sydney can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Conditions which respond to dry needling include headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow, leg pain, hamstring strain, shin splints, muscle spasms, hip pain, knee pain etc.
Th exact mechanism of how dry needling works is not known but there are mechanical and biomechanics effects. Some studies have suggested that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes which assist in reducing pain.
Many people ask what the difference is between dry needling North Sydney and Acupuncture. You can read a more in depth explanation about the differences here. The therapists at The Physicaltherapy Centre have been trained through Integrated Dry Needling, arguably the most recognised institute for dry needling therapy in Australia. Graduates of the Integrated Dry Needling courses learn that the skill of handling needles is secondary to the skill of expert diagnosis. Therapists are trained to diagnose key areas of dysfunction prior to the insertion of needles. This ensures the patient receives the highest quality of care available.
If you are considering dry needling North Sydney treatment, please remember to bring appropriate clothing, so that the relevant areas of your body can be accessed, whilst still allowing yourself to feel comfortable in front of your practitioner.
Generally, needle insertion is not felt, the local twitch response may provoke a very brief pain response. This has been described as an electric shock or a cramping sensation. During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or and/or a sensation of relaxation. Personally, in the past when I have had this treatment, it has never been painful — Tom