Acupuncture has made great strides in the west over the last 30 years and is now an established and widely accepted therapy. It is based on the facet of the traditional Chinese medicine using stimulation of points along channels or meridians where energy can be accessed.
The theory behind acupuncture relates to the flow of chi and blood. Blockages to this flow can cause pain, swelling and weakness. Relieving these blockages by the use of pressure or needles (often heated or stimulated with electrotherapy is a very affective means) when usual methods of pain relief fail.
Dry needling or western acupuncture uses a similar instrument and is inserted into a trigger point or areas of myofascial restriction to create changes to the soft tissue leading to reduced tightness and pain.
Therapists at Adaptive Physiotherapy use dry needling as an adjunct to massage to create an optimal environment for optimal muscle recruitment.
The presentation of the needles is single-use, sterile, safe and usually pain free.