Dry Needling is often used to treat:-
- Acute and chronic Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
- Reduce muscle tension and pain.
- Sports injuries.
- Work related injuries
- The muscular aspects of postural related conditions.
Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture / Western Medicine Acupuncture treatment is available as part of TotalMSK's Mobile Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy Service. The private patient mobile service operates up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and 20 miles from Cambridge. TotalMSK also operates a mobile Corporate Wellbeing Clinic Service throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. Myofascial Dry Needling is often used to release myofascial trigger points (MTRP). An active, MTRP is defined as an area of muscle tension or adhesions, which can create and refer pain. The term Dry Needling is often used interchangeably with Western Medicine Acupuncture or Medical Acupuncture. Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) involves placing a thin monofilament needle into an active MTRP. The placing of the needle into an active (MTRP) usually results in a release of muscle tension and pain. There are other types of needling techniques, including wet needling. Wet needling involves injecting anaesthetic via a hypodermic needle into an (MTRP). The term Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) does not include the use of hypodermic needles or anaesthetic. Some therapists may also use electrical stimulation between inserted needle points. Practitioners at TotalMSK do not practice either the hypodermic or electrical stimulation methods.
Dry needling (Medical Acupuncture) is a relatively exact method of treatment and by its very nature is an invasive technique. Being an invasive technique, therapists need excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology. One also requires excellent palpation skills (the ability to feel differences in tissues). Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) can be completely painless, which surprises lots of people. As with any treatment type, there are specific risks and therapists should explain these. A good therapist will also take precautions to minimise any risks to you the patient. As a patient, you should only agree to any form of treatment once you have had any concerns explained. You as the patient, also need to be happy with any explanation before agreeing to any treatment. It is also worth looking at the therapists level of training, education and experience, as this can vary a considerable amount. Some courses run over one or two days and then people can practice. Therapists can undertake Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) training with varying levels of prior education. One could have a qualification from anything from a Diploma to Degree or Masters level. All practitioners performing Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) at TotalMSK work in regulated professions and have undergone extensive training in anatomy and physiology before additional training in dry needling (Medical Acupuncture).
Dry needling (Medical Acupuncture) is not the same as acupuncture, and the scope of practice is very different. Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) is only one type of Acupuncture technique. Acupuncturists learn many methods, and this is in part why the course is a Degree and not Diploma. The Acupuncturist profession is also a regulated profession like Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. Therapists performing Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) and Massage Therapy have no legal regulator. Acupuncturists also treat a wide variety of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and non-musculoskeletal related conditions. For example, Acupuncturists also address things such as infertility and addictions. Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) is only used to treat musculoskeletal-related conditions and (MTRP). Acupuncture philosophy and Acupuncturists, also work with meridian lines, energy flows etc. and so needles may be placed in areas far removed from the obvious point of pain or discomfort. Dry Needling works purely with MTRP's and individual muscles.