Entire Health has Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage therapists who are specially trained in the techniques of Acupuncture and Dry Needling. But what’s the benefit for you? How does needling help?
All needles used at Entire health are sterilised and single-use only.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points in order to create neurophysiological reactions in the body and create a healing effect.
At the site of the needle insertion, neuropeptides and other chemicals are released, which help to stimulate endorphins and decrease pain. Locally, the chemicals also cause increases to blood flow to help with healing.
Nerve fibres that pass into the spinal cord stimulate natural opioid (a pain killer) production, and can last for up to eight hours after the acupuncture treatment.
The needles can be left in for up to 30 mins depending on which chemical process the therapist is trying to target. While many patients report no pain at all, some can experience a little pinching or pricking sensation when the needle enters the skin. While the needle is in, it is mostly sensation free.
Trigger Points and Dry Needling
Trigger points are “hyperirritable” tight spots in muscles that are very tender to touch and reproduce the painful symptoms that the patient is experiencing. In each of these points, extra electrical signals from the local nerves increase the tightness in the muscle.
By inserting a needle into these specific muscle fibres, the electrical signals are reduced back to a normal level of activity and the trigger point can be “turned off” to reduce the cause of the symptoms.
Our Physiotherapists report positive effects including pain relief with the use of needling in the following conditions
- neck pain
- lower back pain
- head aches
- Achilles tendidopathies
- tennis/golfer’s elbow
- knee pain
- tight muscles and active trigger points