Acupuncture

Dry Needling

Western Acupuncture &
Dry Needling in Geelong

Our physiotherapist is trained in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Western Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of a very fine needle into a specific point on the body that is relevant to the symptoms that you are experiencing. Western acupuncture therapy is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine.

 

Our Physiotherapist in Geelong is trained to use acupuncture needles to provide stimulation of your neurological, muscular, and vascular systems to promote the healing and recovery process. 

Benefits of Dry Needling

This assists with:

  • pain relief

  • acute and chronic pain

  • reduction of inflammation 

  • improving local immune & healing responses 

  • relaxing muscle spasms to assist in healing

  • rehabilitation from injury

  • pain and injury prevention

And creates:

  • Local immune response (anti-inflammatory) 

  • Local endorphin release

  • Local pain relief for up to 3 days post acupuncture 

  • Increased blood flow to the treated area 

Please note that a thorough questionnaire and consent form will be presented to you before administering acupuncture or dry needling. We use high-quality, sterile, and disposable acupuncture needles for your treatment.

Western Acupuncture & Dry Needling in Geelong

What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture and dry needling are forms of treatment where very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into the tissue (piercing the skin) in order to create neurophysiological reactions in the body and stimulate a healing effect.

  

Can dry needling help me?

Dry Needling involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the trigger point of a muscle multiple times to create a local muscle twitch response. This helps to release muscle tension, decrease pain and restore optimal muscle length and function. This helps to remove an active trigger point that is related to your pain and stiff joint. 

 

Muscles often tighten to protect an area of the body that is injured. This mechanism can be a detriment to treating the underlying impairment. Your therapist will use the dry needling technique if during an assessment an active trigger point is detected. 

WHAT TO EXPECT during and after a DRY NEEDLING session?

  • A ‘pecking’ technique is used by insertion of a sterile and one-use acupuncture needle into a muscle trigger point.

  • You can experience a muscle twitch/cramping sensation during the ‘pecking’ technique.

  • After the muscle twitch is felt, the needle is immediately removed.

  • After the treatment, you may experience a local muscle soreness as if the muscle has had an intense workout.

  • Bruising over the treated area is a common side effect.

  • Heat therapy at home can aid to decrease muscle soreness and stiffness post-treatment. 

 

 

For acupuncture techniques 

The needle will be manipulated (twisted or slightly raised and lowered) until the sensation is achieved. This sensation varies for different people, but typically may be a feeling of heaviness, warmth, fullness, aching, or numbness. 

 

Dry needling & Western Acupuncture 

Some techniques involve manipulating the needle until a jump or twitch is achieved in the muscle. This helps release the knots in the muscles.