Dry Needling (Health Fund Rebates Available)
Dry Needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles.
Physicians Dr Travell and Simons defined a myofascial trigger point as a “Hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle.” The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena.
Myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are commonly seen in both acute and chronic pain conditions. Hendler and Kozikowski site Myofascial trigger points as the most commonly missed diagnosis in chronic pain patients.
The key element of a successful needling treatment is having the person being treated experience what is called the “needling sensation.” This sensation may vary with the treatment, but it has been described as a numbness, tingling, warmth, or other experience that is not simple pain (pain is not an expected or desired response to Dry Needling treatment, though it is recognized that needling certain points may involve a painful response). Sometimes the needling sensation is experienced as propagating from the point of needling to another part of the body. The Therapist, while handling the needle should experience a response called a “Twitch Response” In this case, the needle will twitch or vibrate, and this may be understood as the result of muscle responses secondary to the local nervous system interaction.
Today many Medical doctors, Remedial Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists are using Dry Needling effectively and extensively within their practices for the treatment of Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction