Acupuncture and dry needling are both healing techniques that involve insertion of sterilized needles into the skin and tissues in order to induce relief from acute pain and chronic conditions.
Acupuncture, first originated around 2100 years ago in China, has empirically been proven to promote natural healing in the body, alleviate pain while improving body functions. Despite the use of needles, it is considered harmless and effective and is frequently used to cure acute or chronic conditions.
Acupuncture is a type of unconventional remedy which involves insertion of very fine sterilized, disposable needles through specific acupuncture points on the body in order to influence the flow of energy or Qi (pronounced Chee). No substance of any sort is injected to the body and the process cause minimal discomfort.
The idea behind this is that stimulating the body through the needles brings the body’s Qi back into harmony by equilibrating the yin and the yang. Scientifically speaking, acupuncture has demonstrated to assist in the production of biochemicals such as endorphins which help in the pain relief, heal tissues. Usually, acupuncture is used in conjecture with active treatment so as to achieve optimal recovery.
Bristol Rehab & Medical Clinic has been providing training to healthcare practitioners since 1974. The physiotherapists at our clinic are A.F.C.I. certified and have years of experience in the field.
Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a treatment process that utilizes very small, germ-free acupuncture pins to stimulate muscular trigger points, to relieve muscle stiffness and spasms which can cause pain and dysfunction. In contrast to acupuncture, TDN is not precisely a conventional therapy that based on tradition, rather, it is a contemporary physiological therapeutic approach that blends modern scientific knowledge with tradition and does not focus on the flow of Qi.
The TDN process involves insertions of small, thin needles into the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain transfer, causing the muscles to tense and flex, improving muscle flexibility and reducing symptoms. This stimulation of trigger points causes a slight trauma to the tissue which in turn leads to a higher level of blood flow in the area, which promotes growth in cell and organ.
Furthermore, it has been observed that TDN leads a range of biochemical changes that help to standardize the muscle tone and hence desensitize the nerve compressions. Thus the muscle becomes amenable to rehabilitation to normal movement..
What Are Trigger Points?
A fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles and other organs. Myofascial trigger points are super sensitive spots present in tight bands of muscles or in the muscle’s fascia layer. They hurt when pressure is applied to them and this pain can transfer to various areas in the body, causing muscle tightness. This muscular stiffness and twinge will stimulate the nerves exiting the spine. This stimulation of nerves in turn leads to an automatic spasm in the muscles which are connected with them.
Trigger points in one area of body can impact power, agility and co-ordination of muscles in other parts of the body resulting in a change in movement. These nonstandard movement patterns may result in dysfunction in areas far away from the actual trigger. In athletes, the stimulation of certain trigger points can decrease performance considerably.