Acupuncture/Dry needling treatment at Solihull Chiropractic Clinic
Dry Needling is available as a treatment modality at Solihull Chiropractic Clinic. It is offered by all four fully trained and qualified Chiropractors.
Dry Needling is synonymous with acupuncture and, although Dry Needling's origin and roots come from acupuncture, the two now differ greatly.
Acupuncture or more specifically Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been well documented over the last 2,000 years and works on the principles of qi (energy flow) through meridians (pathways). This theory states that the use of needles can have a systemic benefit to the body and its organ systems.
Dry Needling, which also involves using needles, works on a different philosophy and application. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture makes a diagnosis based on disturbances in the patient's body's 'balance', which shall be corrected through the needles working on qi and the meridians. Dry Needling is applied after the patient has had a conventional medical diagnosis. It is a treatment tool, not a diagnostic system. Without understanding the differences in philosophy and background, they can appear very similar as both involve putting needles into various parts of the body to provide relief.
At Solihull Chiropractic Clinic, Dry Needling would be discussed with the patient during the report of findings if it was thought to be beneficial to the patient. The report of findings is where a patient's condition/problem is explained to them and treatment options are discussed.
If the patient consents, Dry Needling would be used alongside the other treatment modalities such as manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue massage, home stretches and exercises and lifestyle advice to help improve the patient's condition.
Should any patient not feel comfortable with the use of Dry Needling in their treatment this shall be respected and one of the many other modalities shall be used in its place.
When a needle is placed into the skin and muscle there are five researched and proven mechanisms which explain how it works.
- The needle causes the tissue to release a hormone which increases blood flow to the area, which then promotes local healing.
- Needles stimulate the nerves which travel to the area which is specific to a segment in the spinal cord. This stimulation depresses the activity of the nerves carrying the pain signal from the problematic area.
- Part of the stimulation travels all the way to the brain, which causes the body to release neurotransmitters at every level of the spinal cord. This then decreases pain throughout the whole body.
- The stimulation then travels even deeper into the brain and affects the limbic system, which controls, for example, our emotion, behaviours and motivation. Some patients therefore benefit from outcomes such as emotional calming, relaxation and better sleep patterns, having received Dry Needling.
- Dry Needling is primarily used on trigger points which are knots or tight bands of muscle. These trigger points can often send pain to other parts of the body along a predictable pattern. Each muscle has its own pattern. Using needles on these knots relaxes and inactivates the tight muscle, relieving the pain and tension.
The feeling of the needles being used in Dry Needling is a small scratch at first as the needle passes into the tissue. There is normally no pain at all after this. However, sometimes a dull ache can be felt deep in the muscle. If a sharp pain is felt the needle may be taken out and used at a different site in the muscle. When applied, Dry Needling is always performed in line with the patient's comfort and tolerance levels.
Overall, Dry Needling is a very effective and safe treatment option, accepted and used in both Western and Eastern medicine.