Paceyourself wellness is offering dry needling!

What is Dry Needling?

Many people have asked me what dry needling is. Dry needling is used to help decrease the tone (muscle tightness) with the use of acupuncture needles. With many chronic conditions, our muscles tend to get tight over time. This is our body's protective mechanism due to muscle weakness and overuse. Some of our muscles are very deep and do not always respond to massage and stretching to loosen up or only give us temporary relief. That's when we use dry needling to help loosen up these chronically tight muscles. Dry needling is also used to stimulate muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

A trained Physiotherapist will look for an active trigger point, or what many people refer to as a 'knot'. We try to get the needle into the trigger point, which will sometimes cause a muscle twitch or spasm. This is the uncomfortable part of the dry needling. Once the twitching/spasms stop, we remove the needle. After the needle is removed, it will feel achy or "heavy". This can last for a couple hours and up to 48 hours after treatment. Why would someone want to do this to themselves, you may ask? Because it is very effective. Speaking from experience, I personally find it works great for those stubborn areas that will not loosen up, it provides a lot of relief in less time. We usually start with fewer points and work up to more if needed.

So how is dry needling different from Acupuncture? The biggest difference is the theory behind it. Acupuncture in traditional chinese medicine often includes tongue and pulse diagnosis, these evaluative tools guide the practitioner to insert into specific points along meridians of the body through which the life force or "qi" flows. The dry needling course (Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling) that I took is firmly rooted in a western medical philosophy. Evaluation of symptoms, pain patterns, posture, movements and functional/orthopaedic tests will guide treatment. Needles are only a part of the treatment which will provide the overall goal of restoring function.

If you would like some more information on dry needling or IMS and how it can help you with your chronic pain, please give Paceyourself Wellness clinic a call to book your appointment today (250) 632-5239