Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine approach to disease management and prevention by maintaining a flow of energy or Qui (pronounced Chee) through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body).
The underlying principle of this approach is that if the flow of energy (Qui) is blocked or is inadequate, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order and disease or illness can follow.
The origins of Acupuncture in China dates back at least 2000 years.
Acupuncture needles are inserted at various points along the meridians to maintain the energy flow.
Dry Needling is a western treatment approach that involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point tight within a muscle and is used to treat pain and release long term muscle tension (all needles are single use sterile needles).
In clients with long standing muscle tightness and soft tissue pain, focal areas of tightness develop within muscles that remain quite tender despite stretching and massage.
Dry needling, or inserting an acupuncture needle into these ‘trigger points’ stimulates the trigger point and uses up the enzymes that are keeping the muscle contracted (this is often felt as a twitch or sometimes a dull ache) and then the muscle is able to relax.
In our experience, clients with both acute and long standing muscular pain e.g. fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain have gained considerable relief from this treatment approach.
At Eastern Sports and Spinal Care we have physiotherapists qualified in Dry Needling. So if you feel this may be an option for you, call 8331 0606 to make an appointment. However we can still cater for those wishing for Chinese acupuncture as our physiotherapist, Kirsten Atwell is a certified acupuncturist.
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