Dry Needling literally means to puncture with a needle. The procedure of puncturing with needles is also site-specific for specific diseases and disorders.
Energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health. This energy flow is called qi and pronounced “chee”.
Dry Needling aims to correct imbalances of the qi and restore health through stimulation. The needles are inserted through the skin at trigger points along the meridians of the body.
It is believed that pain relief from Dry Needling occurs when the needles stimulate nerves. In addition Dry Needling may also release pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin to ease symptoms. Dry Needling may also decrease pain-causing inflammation by stimulating the pituitary gland to release cortisol.
There are many different trigger points which are specific for different diseases and disorders. Dry Needling is know to cause relief for diseases and disorders.
Dry Needling is the stimulation of precisely defined, specific trigger points along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, or laser or penetration of thin needles. In a modern Dry Needling session, an initial consultation is followed by taking the pulse on both arms, and an inspection of the tongue. Classically, in clinical practice, this procedure is highly individualized and based on philosophy and intuition, and not on controlled scientific research. The number and frequency of sessions vary but most practitioners don't think one session is sufficient. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. It has recently been reported that several hospitals in Queensland are now using Acupuncture/Dry Needling as a treatment for back pain in place of pain relief medications.
Dry Needling can treat a wide range of disorders including:
Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, dizziness, and Meniere's disease.
Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, and muscle cramps.
Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, and the common cold.
Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, and weight control.
Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
Gynaecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, and morning sickness.
Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain,cervicobrachial syndrome, 'frozen shoulder', and 'tennis elbow'.