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Dry Needling Acupuncture at Perth Sports Injury Clinic

History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for over four thousand years and originates in China. It is classed as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is one of many types of alternative medicine used to relieve pain, discomfort and open up energy flow or Chi in the body.

At Perth Sports Injury Clinic we use Medical Acupuncture also known as ‘Dry Needling’, which addresses more localised issues within the muscle fibres, rather than energy flow. It is called ‘dry’ needling as the needles are not hollow and no fluid is injected into the body.

What is Dry Needling

Dry needling is a modified version of acupuncture developed in the last few decades and used in musculoskeletal medicine by physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other manual therapists. Dry needling stimulates the body’s self healing response by inserting the needles through the skin into the muscle fibres to initiate a mild inflammatory response, which encourages more blood flow to the needle site, which also then brings oxygen to the area, and therefore promotes healing.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture Perth The fully trained therapist will identify a trigger points in the muscles which are often tender to touch, hard, tight, lumpy or gritty areas of the muscle. The fine needle is inserted into or next to the “trigger point”. The needles are left in the muscles for only a few minutes and then removed. The insertion of the needle into the tight and overactive muscle can cause muscle twitches or spasms which is an expected response. When dry needling is used in its intended way, it can help release muscle tension in tight or overactive muscles, reduce pain and help the muscles return to their normal function.
Dry Needling can be used to alleviate muscle pain associated with:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Sports injuries

N.B- risks associated with dry needling can include bleeding, localised bruising and soreness however, these are temporary risks. If you have any questions or concerns following a treatment, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic.

For chiropractic, physiotherapy and remedial massage in Perth call Perth Sports Injury Clinic on (08) 9383 7882 or Book Online