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.
Myofascial Dry Needling (DN)
Myofascial pain can affect any of us, and in some cases, there are specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, which often involve hypersensitivity. There are many types of myofascial release (MFR) techniques, which aim to assess and treat myofascial pain. A patient may find that one kind of myofascial release technique does not help with symptoms or pain, and yet a different method may. Myofascial Dry Needling (DN) is another and very specific form of myofascial release. Myofascial Dry Needling (DN) 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 (DN) is often used interchangeably with Western Medicine Acupuncture or Medical Acupuncture. Dry Needling (DN) (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 soft-tissue techniques which are thought to have slightly similar mechanisms to Dry Needling such as acupressure, trigger point therapy and Neuromuscular Technique (NMT). Advanced Remedial Massage training tends to cover the teaching of these additional soft tissue approaches. There are other types of needling techniques too, 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 of the Upper Trapezius muscle
Dry needling (Medical Acupuncture) is a relatively exact method of treatment and by its very nature is an invasive approach. 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.
Medical Acupuncture or DN Training / Education
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. There are many types of Acupuncture technique, and Dry Needling (DN) is just one type. 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 (DN) and Massage Therapy have no legal regulator. Acupuncturists also treat a wide variety of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and non-musculoskeletal related conditions, such as infertility and addictions. Dry Needling (DN) 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 (DN) works purely with MTrP's and individual muscles.
Mobile Dry Needling Service
Myofascial Dry Needling (DN) / Medical Acupuncture / Western Medicine Acupuncture treatment is available as part of TotalMSK's Mobile Musculoskeletal (MSK), Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic Service. The private patient mobile service operates up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. TotalMSK also operates a mobile Corporate Wellbeing Clinic Service throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, and Oxfordshire.
Chiropractic and Massage Registrations
All of our therapist's hold relevant professional industry registrations and or memberships. Our principal Chiropractor Terry Davis MSMA holds additional memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA). He is also BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified.