Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, this regulates the flow of qi (vital energy) along channels known as meridians.
Acupuncture has can be used for a wide range of pain conditions, such as low-back pain, neck pain, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, and tennis elbow.
At Louth Physiotherapy Clinic, our physiotherapists are all highly trained in Western Acupuncture and Dry needling.
Western Acupuncture and Dry needling is a traditional form of Chinese Medicine, with a Western form of philosophy and reasoning with particular attention to neurophysiology and anatomy. Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points in your body to help with the condition you have.
What is Western Acupuncture used for?
Western Acupuncture and Dry needling targets muscle tissue and it’s nerve connections. It is used to help many conditions related to muscle pain, joint stiffness and even assist with nerve conditions such as sciatica or nerve impingement. This may include conditions such as neck tension, headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, shoulder conditions, sciatica, muscle imbalances, joint mal-alignment and much more.
How does Western Acupuncture work?
Western Acupuncture and Dry needling work by targeting specific meridian points and trigger points in muscles which are hypersenstive regions within a muscle (like tight ‘knots’) with high concentration of chemicals which cause pain. When a needle is inserted into these points, it acts to ‘jump start’ the muscle and nerve supply. This will help to:
- Normalise these chemical levels and reduce pain
- Help increase blood flow to the area to promote healing
- Release muscle tension to restore normal length
- Help to promote symmetry of the body to restore muscle imbalances and joint mal-alignment
When do I feel better?
After a Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling session, you may feel better straight away. Others may feel better a few days later. If this was your first session or had an intense session your muscles may feel achey and tired, a bit like they have done a big workout at the gym. It is a good idea to drink plenty of water and rest if tired. If you are used to Western Acupuncture and Dry needling, it should be fine to continue your normal sport that day, but after your first time, you may choose to take a day off.
For chronic and more persistent conditions, regular Western Acupuncture and Dry needling will be required to effectively manage your condition.