Before a treatment takes place, I will go through the appropriate forms with you and take a medical history. I will perform a musculoskeletal assessment to ensure that the treatment is suitable. I will show you and explain which points I will treat and for how long. Once you are happy, I will go ahead with the treatment. Depending on the nature of the condition I may use a quick dry needling technique or leave the needles in for a longer duration.
Acupuncture has a long history of use as a method for treating many health conditions. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the skin surface which are rich in nerves that influence various functions, organs, and glands within the body. Research has shown that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain conditions. It is believed that it stimulates the nervous system to produce endorphins which are the body's natural painkillers and feel-good chemicals.
Dry needling is a technique used for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and the relief of muscular pain. Fine needles are inserted into trigger points which are areas of hyper irritation in muscles that can cause pain when pressed. These areas are usually located deep within the muscle and are not visible to the naked eye. Inserting a needle into the area helps to relieve muscle pain and spasms. In some cases, rather than treating the area of pain directly needles are placed around the injury site. This technique works well for lower back pain and knee pain.
Electro-acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific areas on the body and a tiny electrical current is passed through the tissues.