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Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a technique used by our myotherapy and chiropractic practitioners. It involves insertion of a fine filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point” or tight band of muscle. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. This technique is unequalled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and dysfunction.

The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp –‘the twitch response’. The patient also may feel a reproduction of “their” pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognise and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle.

Dry Needling differs from acupuncture as the points are based on the trigger points of Western Medicine. Acupuncture is based on the ‘meridians’ from ancient China.



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July 21, 2018

Interesting how powerful the language used by a healthcare practitioner is on influencing their patients' mindset and recovery.

July 16, 2018

Recommended management for treating back pain (published in The Lancet, March 2018) as discussed with Curves Rowville members today:

First Line Management
• Advise to stay active
• Patient education
• Return to work plan
• Exercise therapy: walking, pilates, gym, yoga, swimming, group exercise etc.

Second Line Management
• Manual Therapy: spinal manipulation, remedial massage, acupuncture/ dry needling.
• Approximately 90% of cases of acute back pain should improve in 4-6 weeks with the above treatments
• Chronic back pain (more than 12 weeks duration) requires a multidisciplinary approach so consider continuing the above treatments in conjunction with psychology treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.

If Above Management Fails
• Diagnostic Imaging: If back pain is unresponsive to 6-12 weeks of above management consider X-ray, CT or MRI. In most cases of acute back pain diagnostic imaging is not necessary as the condition improves in 4-6 weeks and imaging does not change the diagnosis or management. Exceptions are worsening neurological deficits, trauma, history of cancer etc.
• Drugs: Non Steroidal Inflammatory Drugs may have some limited benefit for acute back pain but very little benefit for chronic back pain. Opioids or pain killers have no real benefit for back pain.
• Surgery: Most surgeries are as effective or if not less effective than exercise and conservative management as listed above. There are certain indications for surgery such as instability and worsening neurological deficits.

July 10, 2018

Conditions like spinal disc bulges and spinal disc degeneration are normal physiological processes that also occur in the population without back pain.

June 28, 2018

If you are considering orthopaedic surgery have a look at this episode of Insight to help you make an informed decision.

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