Another different treatment approach that may benefit you is Dry Needling or Acupuncture. Both techniques involve the insertion of a thin, small needle into the skin. The differences between the techniques is where they are inserted.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into different points along the body – known as ‘meridian lines’. Each ‘line’ represents a different body organ and in each meridian, Qi flows. Qi is a natural flow of energy running throughout the meridians. With acupuncture, you treat not only pain, but also other ailments within the body’s organs – such as sleeping problems, digestive problems, sinus problems, stress etc. If you suffer with digestive problems, there are certain points along a specific meridian in the body that correlates with the digestive system. Inserting needles along this meridian can aid in the recovery of the digestive problem by releasing and activating the flow of Qi in this meridian. Acupuncture generally lasts anything from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to allow for the flow of Qi.
Dry Needling is a much more recent technique. It uses the same needles, but in a different way and different location. They are inserted into a specific muscle or joint that is painful or dysfunctional. The release of blood flow from the insertion of the needle, improves that muscle and joint function by allowing nutrients to flow into the affected area. For example, if you have low back pain, your muscles here likely to be tight. Dry needling would involve inserting needles to these muscles in this area. The result would be that the muscles would be less tight which would give pain relief. Dry needling generally lasts 5 minutes.
We have chartered physiotherapists in our clinic that are competent in both techniques. If you have any further questions about these techniques, please do contact us.