At Woden Integrated Physiotherapy, five of our physiotherapists are accredited in Dry Needling with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. This technique can be used as a supplement to your manual physiotherapy treatment at no extra charge. It will only be used with your informed consent.
The term "Dry Needling" was initially described by Dr Chan Gunn in 1977. Acupuncture needles are used, but not in the Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm of "Qi" energy flow via meridians.
Dry needling can be used for a variety of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal conditions related to sport, work, motor vehicle accident and nerve root pain injuries. The needles are gently inserted into the areas relevant to your specific condition. The procedure is usually painless, however, some mild discomfort may occasionally be experienced.
How does it work?
In layman terms, dry needling is a very good pain killer - it works both at the local area of your injury and via your brain to minimise your pain signals. It can also help an accutely spasmed muscle to relax.
For a more a detailed medical explanation, please see the references listed below:-
1. Needling active and latent trigger points has been shown to reduce and normalise the higher concentrations of biochemicals such as substance P which transmit pain. (Shah, et al 2005)
2. Through mechanoreceptor and nociceptive stimulation helping restore function or relieve symptoms that have a neurological basis. (Langevin, et al 2006)
3. Dry needling activates pain modulation regions in the central nervous system. (Selvaratnam, et al, 2009)
4. Through stimulating the release in the body of natural pain-killers such as beta-endorphin, enkephalins and dynorphins. (Terenius, 1985 ; He, 1987)
5. Through a local segmental effect, inhibiting pain pathways conducted through the small diameter C nerve fibres. (Bogduk, 1989)