Acupuncture / Dry Needling
Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago. It's based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, chi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. By inserting very fine, sterile single-use needles at specific points along the meridians, acupuncture can redirect and reposition the flow of energy (chi) for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one's overall health; while blockages and imbalances result in pain and illness.
Here at Goldfields Physio our therapists take a more modern approach utilizing anatomy, physiology and pathology in the scope of the physiotherapy assessment to determine which traditional points would be benefice in treating your pain and symptoms. The most common use for acupuncture is pain relief. Most commonly back pain. However, acupuncture can be used to treat nearly all sources of muscle and joint pain. We find that acupuncture can provide great relief for neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hand and wrist pain, back pain, hip and leg pain, knee pain, ankle pain and fibromyalgia.
Dry needling provides a specific and localised treatment of tender or painful muscle fibres – commonly termed trigger points. Trigger points are tight taut bands within the muscle fibre that limit blood flow, these tight bands are commonly referred to as 'muscle knots'. It is thought that the lack of blood flow leads to an inability to remove the toxins and by-products used in muscle contractions. The prolonged presence of these waste products can chemically irritate the muscle fibre and produce pain (a condition known as myofascial pain). Dry needling provides a specific and localised treatment of tender or painful muscle fibres by increasing blood flow and correcting muscle dysfunction.
Our physiotherapists have additional training in trigger point dry needling and routinely examine the presence of trigger points as part of the assessment process.