What is skin needling?
Skin needling (often referred to dry needling) was first developed in the 1800s as a technique to treat pain arising from myofascial trigger points (or tight areas of muscles).
Skin needling works by stimulating neuroreceptors and cause the body to release chemicals which block pain and promote healing. Fine needles are inserted into the effected muscles, this needling relaxes the muscles and stimulates large nerve fibres to reduce pain. The aim of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension & pain.
What does it treat?
Skin needling is extremely effective in the treatment of:
- Chronic Back Pain
- Migraines and Headaches
- Sports Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Work Related Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
What outcomes can I expect?
The positive effects of dry needling may include decreased pain, increased flexibility and mobility. It may also help to relieve nerve symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness and headaches.
Is dry needling painful?
This is one of the most common questions we’re asked by patients looking at undertaking skin needling in Perth. Especially if they have a fear of needles. Dry needling isn’t as invasive as the needles used by doctors and nurses for inoculations and intravenous treatments.
The needles used are very thin & most patients do not even feel them penetrate the skin. Dry needling therapy is generally pain free, however if the muscle is sensitive & shortened or has active trigger points within it, the patient may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp. This is known as ‘the twitch response’ and is a good indicator that the treatment is having an effect.
The practitioners at Perth Chiro Centre have specialist knowledge on skin needling for Perth patients. This includes where to place the needles to achieve effective results. Your practitioner will discuss with you if dry needling Perth is an appropriate form of treatment.