Medical acupuncture/ 'Dry needling' has derived from Chinese acupu​ncture and instead of using concepts of Yin and Yang and circulation of Qi, it uses knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as evidence based medicine.

It is a therapy involving inserting fine needles through the skin to stimulate underlying muscular, connective tissue and myofascial trigger points. These trigger points are very irritable spots in muscles and are associated with the production and maintenance of a pain cycle. The therapeutic effect of dry needling is to disrupt the direct stimulation of the trigger point . The needle will elicit a 'local twitch response' which is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that in turn allows the muscle to relax. The brain and nervous system release pain relieving chemicals and the site is stimulated to increase blood supply which in turn promote healing.

Dry needling can be used to treat many dysfunctions over the whole skeletal system and has been found to have an analgesic effect.

Trigger points are often located deep in the muscle and are difficult or impossible to reach with hands or manual manipulation techniques alone. These fine needles are effective in reaching these spots. We can also use a combination of the different therapy techniques to better aid effective treatment.

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