The team at Lushington chiropractic in Eastbourne discuss the merits of dry needling.
Here at Lushington we offer Western Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling.
This holistic type of care also resonates well with chiropractic because we too look at the individual as a whole. For me this means using various techniques on top of the core ‘chiropractic’ values, and includes the use of Dry Needling techniques; ‘dry’ because there is no injection of fluids through the very fine needles used.
This is a modern adaptation of Chinese Acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi. It is also considered to be part of conventional medicine rather than “alternative”, and is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care settings.
Dry Needling is a simple but very effective method of releasing tight muscles, in which fine needles are put into the tight muscles and the body’s response is for those muscles to relax, the blood flow to increase to the area (promoting healing since blood contains oxygen and nutrients), and certain chemicals to be released by the adjacent tissues. These chemicals include opioids which are naturally-occurring substances in the brain that can induce sleep and relaxation (but most importantly, they work to reduce pain!); neurotransmitters, which are substances that either stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses; and other hormones which change the activity of organs or organ system.
Dry Needling techniques can be used to treat musculoskeletal pain and to give adjunctive relief from the pain of tension-type headaches, migraines, chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, temporomandibular (jaw) pain and osteoarthritis knee pain. A typical course of acupuncture treatment consists of 5-8 sessions and might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition improves.
If you would like to find out more on how dry needling may help you, just give us a call on 01323 722499 to book an appointment.
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