Dr Howard Yee Chiropractor is now offering Dry Needling at Narrabeen Chiropractic and Natural Therapies
You might have heard the term dry needling or acupuncture or have heard of the benefits of dry needling from your family and friends? You might be curious about it but not too sure about what it is? In this article, we will talk about what dry needling is, the difference between dry needling and acupuncture and what health conditions might able be beneficial with dry needling.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a specific technique in which a thin and fine stainless-steel needle is used to penetrate the skin directly, targeting at “trigger point” in muscles or tendons to help stimulate the healing process and relieve pain or spasm. A trigger point means a small area of muscle knots, which is often related to the source of pain or discomfort. They are often associated with musculoskeletal dysfunction or postural imbalance. The word “dry” in dry needling means no fluid is injected into the body.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Dry needling and Acupuncture are very similar if you compare them with a photo, however, they have different philosophies and histories. Acupuncture has been used by traditional Chinese Medicine many thousand years ago. The aim of acupuncture is to restore the imbalance of the “qi”, the healing power or the flow of the body along different pathways that are called Meridians. The insertion point of the needles is very specific in order to redirect the imbalance of qi and stimulate healing. It can only be provided by a licensed acupuncturist.
Dry needling, on the other hand, has been adopted in the past few decades. The aim of dry needling is to stimulate trigger points or tight muscles which might provide some muscular pain relief and improve range of motion and overall body function. It can be provided by certified health professionals like chiropractors, physiotherapists and general practitioners.
What health conditions may dry needling help with?
Dry needling may help with:
Are there any side effects or risks with dry needling?
Dry needling provided by trained health professionals is very safe. Mild side effects such as bruising, bleeding and temporary soreness around the insertion sometimes occur but serious side effects are very rare.
How long does dry needling visit take?
At Narrabeen Chiropractic and Natural Therapies, dry needling can be provided either during a regular chiropractic visit or a 15-minute standalone short visit.
To make an appointment to see one of our chiropractors or to see Dr Howard Yee for a dry needling session, call the practice on 02 99139009 or make an online appointment.