The Back Care Clinic may use dry needling as a complementary therapy to other treatment modes for back care.
Irene attended a dry needling course at the European School of Osteopathy in 1996.
Whereas acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice dating back thousands of years involving the insertion of thin solid needles into specific points on the body to improve health and treat illness.
Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries.
A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed. By inserting the needle into a tight muscle it can release the spasm which puts pressure on a nerve.
Also by causing a slight puncture to the skin the body’s own healing mechanism comes into play.
What can be treated
Dry needling can be safely used for:
•Hip and Gluteal Pain
•Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
What to expect following a treatment
Many patients report being sore after the treatment in both the area treated and the area of referred symptoms. Typically this soreness lasts between a few hours and two days and there is occasional bruising.
Soreness may be alleviated by applying ice or heat to the area and performing specific stretches. We are usually expecting an increased range of range of motion (ROM) and a reduction in pain levels.
Contraindications to treatment
There are some contraindications to the use of needles which should be considered prior to treatment in the case history.
These include the first trimester of pregnancy, bleeding disorders and patients taking anticoagulants or asprin, skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis and those with a compromised immune system
To book a Dry Needling appointment at our Worcester Park clinic, contact the team at The BackCare Clinic today