Services – Soft Tissue Dry Needling
At Vitality Chiropractic Australia we consider ourselves to be the most professional & thorough practitioners while importantly offering a range of comprehensive treatment modalities for our many clients. This means we offer a range of services that many Chiropractic, Myotherapy & Remedial Massage practices do not. One of these services is soft tissue dry needling. Many people are often confused between soft tissue dry needling and Acupuncture, while both use filament needles their application and therefore clinical indications vastly differ. Dry needling is an extremely effective, gentle and quick treatment modality for addressing muscular and soft tissue related problems. Soft tissue dry needling is also commonly referred to as intramuscular stimulation and is commonly used by allied health professionals to reduce pain, muscle spasm, tightness and trigger points. Conversely, Acupuncture is based on the premise that overall health is determined by a balance flow of Chi as described by ancient Chinese therapy. According to Chinese therapy, Chi circulates throughout the body along pathways which are referred to as meridians and are linked to organs and internal bodily systems. Acupuncture is therefore a treatment modality designed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the body.
How Does Soft Tissue Dry Needling Work?
Soft tissue dry needling is a technique that is widely utilized by allied health professionals such as Chiropractors, Physiotherapist’s and Myotherapist’s to treat muscular aches, pains and dysfunction. As discussed, soft tissue dry needling is specifically used to target myofascial trigger points. A myofascial trigger point is a irritable band or nodule within skeletal muscle and soft tissue. Essential, a trigger point is an overactive, tight area within a muscle (i.e “knot”). Myofascial trigger points may occur for a variety of reasons including:
- Direct trauma to muscle
- Strain/Sprain type injuries
- Prolonged limb immobilisation which may contract or shorten the associated muscles
- Overuse or repetitive type activities or occupations
- Postural stress
How Is Dry Needling Performed?
Your therapist requires direct access to the skin of the relevant region for treatment. Please be assured that the practitioners at Vitality Chiropractic Australia respect your privacy and we do not ask clients to unnecessarily undress. For example if you’re experiencing lower back pain you will be asked to lie face down on the table and to raise your clothing to the middle of your thoracic spine. This will enable your therapist access to your lumbar spine musculature and associated soft tissue. Via palpation, your therapist will determine the specific myofascial trigger points which require soft tissue dry needling. Following this, the therapist will insert the small filament needle into the taut fibre where it will remain until the muscle demonstrates that it has relaxed in tension. Filament needs typically remain in place for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is taking place your therapist may work on other areas of your body.
What Conditions Respond Well To Dry Needling Treatment?
Given soft tissue dry needling focuses on myofascial trigger points the technique can be used on virtually any condition which involves muscular dysfunction.
- Headaches & Migraines
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Postural stress
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Tendon injuries
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Compartment Syndrome
- Golfer’s Elbow & Tennis Elbow
- Heel Spur & associated foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome & Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Is Soft Tissue Dry Needling Safe?
While some people are put off by the thought of a needle this therapy is vastly different then seeing your doctor! You can rest assured that dry needling is a very safe treatment technique. At Vitality Chiropractic Australia we maintain a safe and clean environment and only individually packaged, single use sterile needles are used. The soft tissue dry needles are thin and rarely will any side effects be reported following treatment. If you do experience side effects these are commonly minor bruising or bleeding at the site of needle insertion.