These are performed by Physiotherapists
“Typically 2-4 needles, sometimes up to 8 needles, gently inserted and rest for 15 minutes as the patient lies down relaxed. Needles are inserted into acupuncture points located on the “meridians channels”.
- Increases blood flow
- Increases natural pain blocking hormone release
- Increases natural anti-inflammatory hormone release
- Decreases muscle tension and activates muscle by regulating neuro-muscular input
Dry Needling or ‘Ah shi’ needling is an effective way to treat “tight” or “taut” bands of muscle. The taut band is caused by a lack of blood flow to the area and/or an abnormal nerve signal input. This technique involves inserting the needle directly into the taut band of muscle.
There are two ways to perform this technique. One way is the therapist may leave a few needles in your muscle for 10-15 minutes. The other way has the therapist use just one needle in the muscle at a time to purposefully elicit a twitch response in the muscle. The therapist may want to needle multiple muscle locations – one spot at a time.
The twitch response feels like a sudden cramp of the muscle that quickly subsides. This reflexive muscle action helps reset the nerve signal and helps return the muscle to normal function.