As some of you maybe aware, I have started to use a new technique in pain relief and rehabilitation treatment with thin acupuncture needles called dry needling.
The process is simple – find trigger points (or knots that spread pain) in the muscles, take a thin needle, and put it into them. A strong reaction is felt, generally referring pain to surrounding areas (e.g, a needle put into the upper trapezius neck muscle will give a warm rush of blood feeling into the head and most likely some pain will be felt over the side of the head and up the neck.).
If the needle misses the trigger point, generally no pain is felt as the needle is so thin.
This technique has show tremendous results in peer reviewed studies to reduce local pain as well as referred pain. Mobility is also increased with the technique as the penetration of the muscle with the needle causes a chemical reaction which increase the chances of the muscle relaxing and ’letting go’ of the knot, therefore allowing of the muscle fibers to be free and function properly.
A review of studies has found much evidence tpo support the use of dry needling by educated physical therapists. In the article linked below, it has been show to significantly increase recovery time, from training soreness and injury, especially when combined with other non-invasive treatments (such as sports massage). Studies also concluded that more benefit is found in dry needling then acupuncter.
… “For athletes, this treatment has the ability to have a positive impact on pain, performance, and quality of life,” especially if used in conjunction with stretching, exercise therapy, and other non‐invasive treatments”
So, again, for the nerds out there, have a flick through these articles, come and speak with me about the technique, and book a massage time to experience less pain – with or without needles!