Your treatment at the Health Collab may include a recommendation for Western Acupuncture, or as you may know it, dry needling.
It can be an effective complement to physiotherapy and together, these treatments can help to speed up the healing process, improve your range of motion, reduce your pain and inflammation, relax tight muscles and improve blood flow, making it easier for you to perform your physio exercises and achieve better results.
And the great news is, our Sports Physiotherapists are all trained in dry needling so if we recommend it as part of your physio treatment, we can include it into your session right here in our Spring Hill Clinic.
Acupuncture is commonly known as a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupoints. It is believed to balance the flow of energy or "qi" throughout the body, helping to alleviate pain and promote healing.
However, at The Health Collab we focus on Western Acupuncture (or dry needling), which is adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. Rather than concentrating on energy flow, dry needling targets specific trigger points in muscles to stimulate a ‘twitch’ response resulting in ‘release or relaxation’ of the trigger point.
Dry needling is a highly safe form of treatment when carried out by trained and experienced professionals. Serious side effects are extremely rare, and your physiotherapist can explain any potential side effects, which may include drowsiness, nausea, minor bleeding or bruising. The technique used is a sterile and hygienic process, reducing the risk of infection.
Dry needling alone is not a one-session solution for your injury. Your physiotherapist will also incorporate corrective exercises to address the root cause of your problem. In most cases, it may take several sessions to achieve a complete recovery. For athletes or those who want to maintain their condition, dry needling can be used as a form of maintenance therapy to reduce muscle tightness and manage known problem areas. With proper rehabilitation, dry needling can effectively aid in the healing process and prevent future injuries.
Some common conditions we use dry needling for include:
Your therapist will discuss the recommendation for dry needling based on your specific circumstances, and will always recommend the best therapy with one focus in mind - getting you moving better, faster.