Dry needling and acupuncture, the needles look the same, but how are the different? The common denominator between each technique is the very fine needles.That’s where the similarities end.
Acupuncture is used by practitioners of traditional chinese medicine. Acupuncture is used to treat a large scope of conditions ranging from infertility to high blood pressure.
An acupuncturist will determine the positioning the needles your symptoms, based on your complaint. The needle positioning is determined by 12 meridian pathways. The needles are placed at specific meridian points, which correlate to specific body systems and internal organs.
Dry Needling is the use of acupuncture needles to decrease the tone and tension of muscles and fascia. It is effective for the treatment and relief of pain associated with musculo-skeletal pain and sports injuries such as low back and neck pain. Dry needling is a technique used by chiropractors and other health professionals.
Dry needling is based on western anatomical and physiological principles. Dry needling has numerous benefits;
- increase blood flow at site of injury which will increase healing
- a neurological response which will cause the release of pain inhibiting hormones
- reducing muscle spasm
- reducing pain
Dry needling is most effective when is used in conjunction with other treatment techniques, such as chiropractic joint manipulation/ mobilisation, myofascial release and exercise rehabilitation. It is effective for the treatment of tension headaches, neck pain low back pain, sciatica and sports injuries.
Vaughn Bolack- Fluid Chiropractic
Do All Chiropractors Use the same treatment Techniques?
No, no and no. There are literally thousands of chiropractic techniques out there that chiropractors can learn to aid in the diagnose and treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal conditions.
A common thread between all chiropractors in Australia, is the 5 years university training, necessary to become a registered chiropractor and a primary health care professional. Once graduated however Chiropractors can choose out of thousands of different techniques to aid there existing skill set.
The techniques used by chiropractors depend largely on their treatment philosophy. At Fluid Chiropractic, we use a variety techniques that aim to increase joint movement and range of motion. To do this a combination of joint mobilisation, manipulation, muscle stretching and dry needling can be used. This combination of techniques is referred to as diversified practitioner within the profession. Examples of other common chiropractic technique systems include Gonstead, Sacral-Occipital Techique and Applied Kinesiology
Joint mobilisation, is the use of gentle stretching movements and resistance, applied specifically to stiff joints, that can increase joint movement and decrease muscle stiffness. Osteopaths refer to joint mobilisations as muscle energy techniques, however they essentially the same method and have the same result and joint movement and muscle tone. More information on other chiropractic techniques can be found on this link https://fluidchiropractic.com.au/services/chiropractic/.
Common to all chiropractor is the knowledge to accurately diagnose and manage musculo-skeletal conditions, including both spinal and sports injuries.
Causes of Headaches
Headaches are often multi-factorial in cause. Neck stiffness, stress, hormones, dehydration, foods can all be triggers that can lead to headaches. The most common type of headache seen in Fluid Chiropractic is cervico-genic or tension headache.
Cervico-genic and tension headaches are caused by stiffness and dysfunction in the joints and muscles of the neck. See the nerves from the upper neck communicate with the nerves of the face and skull. Muscle Tightness and poor joint movement from the neck and jaw can refer pain to the head and skull and can be felt as a headache.
Signs that your neck is causing your headaches are:
– Neck movement aggravates your headache
– Headache is eased by pressure at the base of the skull
– On the days away from your desk, the headaches are lighter.
How Can Fluid Chiropractic Help?
The first step is to accurately diagnose your headaches. If the cause is not joint or muscle related we will send you off to your GP for further examination. Otherwise we will provide a treatment plan, that uses a variety of techniques, including:
– Mobilisation of stiff joints
– Headache relief exercises
– Dry needling to improve muscle flexibility
– Postural and ergonomic advice
Vaughn Bolack- Chiropractor