Dry Needling Perth
My Physio are experts in dry needling Perth. We’ve been performing dry needling for over ten years because it can be so effective! Our experienced dry needling physios swear by it in the right circumstances.
If you’re searching for dry needling Perth because you want relief from pain and muscle tension, we can help!
Book online and feel better with expert dry needling Perth treatment by our experienced physiotherapists.
Conditions We Treat with Dry Needling
- Dry Needling for Back Pain
- Dry Needling for Neck Pain
- Dry Needling for Headaches
- Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain
- Dry Needling for Tennis Elbow
- Dry Needling for Sciatica
- Dry Needling for Muscle Tightness
Why Dry Needling Perth?
Our dry needling Perth physios have found that the effects of dry needling are often superior and last longer than conventional treatment techniques. There is also a growing list of scientific literature confirming the effectiveness of dry needling Perth. It is important to realize that dry needling is used to reduce pain and muscular spasm. It is not a miracle cure for injuries involving significant tissue damage such a muscle and ligament tears.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is considered a ‘Western’ form of acupuncture used to reduce pain and improve muscle function.
Dry Needling Perth involves the insertion of fine acupuncture needles (about 0.25mm in diameter) into muscle tissue, in an attempt to reduce pain and tension. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling is performed at the site of pain/dysfunction or very close to it.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine, originating from China over 2000 years ago. Acupuncture uses similar needles in an attempt to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself. Acupuncture needles are often placed in various regions of the body, some distance from the affected area because Acupuncturists believe in restoring the flow of energy or ‘chi’. Only those trained in Chinese Medicine can label themselves as ‘Acupuncturists’.
How does Dry Needling work?
Dry needling has a powerful affect on our nervous system. The insertion of needles appears to inhibit or reduce pain signals to our brain. Therefore, if dry needling is performed near a muscular trigger point, it can reduce nerve sensitivity and restore normal muscle function.
Interestingly, dry needling also causes a small increase in blood flow to the affected area, which may assist healing. Why not try dry needling Perth at My Physio Perth’s Sorrento clinic.
What is a Trigger Point?
A muscular trigger point is a painful, dysfunctional area within a muscle, often referred to as a ‘knot’. Multiple factors such as arthritis, joint dysfunction, muscle fatigue, poor posture, repetitive activities and trauma can irritate or sensitize the nerves within muscle tissue and lead to the development of a trigger point.
Expert Dry Needling Physios
My Physio Perth’s sports physiotherapists have a special interest in dry needling acupuncture. They find it one of the most effective forms of treatment for muscle pain and tension. They have been trained in the theory and practical use of needles by leading dry needling Perth professionals.
Dry Needling Perth is regularly performed on elite athletes to maintain peak performance of muscle tissue.
We use dry needling in combination with other treatment modalities and unlike some Perth physios, dry needling will not cost you extra at My Physio Perth, it is simply part of our service to you.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
We will tailor the intensity of your dry needling treatment to ensure it remains comfortable for you. As with any treatment technique, some like it intense and some prefer it gentle. If you have a phobia of needles you probably won’t find dry needling to be a pleasant experience.
Usually the Physiotherapist will attempt to elicit a ‘local twitch response’ which is often described as a ‘mini cramp’ or ‘small electric shock’. The exact mechanism is not well understood, however it is much easier to elicit a ‘local twitch response’ in a dysfunctional muscle compared to a normal muscle. In my opinion, the effectiveness of dry needling is directly related to the number of ‘local twitch responses’ during a session.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Dry needling is a very clean technique; your Physiotherapist will use sterilized, single use, disposable acupuncture needles. There is always a small chance of infection when the skin is punctured, however we have never caused this. As the needles are so fine, there is usually no bleeding. Occasionally a small droplet of blood may appear which can result in a small bruise. Potentially a pneumothorax could occur if the needle is inserted into the lung, causing a slow air leak and potentially collapsing part of the lung. Although serious, it can be resolved in hospital. Physiotherapists are conservative and extremely well trained in Anatomy so it is very unlikely that they will cause a pneumothorax (we have never caused one).
What is the Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?
The theory behind acupuncture and dry needling is very different. Acupuncture is a relatively well known form of alternative therapy used by Chinese medicine practitioners. Acupuncturists use a holistic approach in an attempt to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural healing power. Acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points in an attempt to restore the flow of Qi (life force), which has been disrupted by illness or injury. People may seek acupuncture for assistance with pain conditions, organ damage, allergies, substance dependence, insomnia, etc. It is important to understand that acupuncture is not consistent with Western medicine and physiotherapists do not perform acupuncture.
Physiotherapists at My Physio Perth perform dry needling acupuncture, which is a derivative of acupuncture. We insert acupuncture needles directly into an affected muscle in order to reduce spasm and pain.
Speak to your physiotherapist at My Physio Perth’s Sorrento clinic to discuss how dry needling Perth can assist you.