Following the Western approved anatomy and physiology approach which differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Medical Acupuncture, or more aptly coined ‘Dry Needling’ aims to help reduce areas of pain and discomfort.
When we over train or over exert ourselves we may develop what is termed myofascial trigger points, or “knots” to the layman, that can become painful. This ‘trigger point’ is said to evolve due to prolonged inappropriate contraction, so the muscle fibres are no longer receiving adequate blood supply, and therefore deficient in oxygen and nutrients. The tissue PH levels may also change, becoming more acidic creating more sensitive nerve endings, which in turn develops pain.
Dry Needling has been used for decades, but has become an increasingly popular drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain. Thin, dry needles (nothing injected) are inserted into organised and appropriately selected areas through the skin into the muscle and connective tissue, with an aim to restore homeostasis and mobility.