Mornington Peninsula’s Best Dry Needling Clinic
Don’t live with pain any longer. A course of dry needling from Frankston Sports Myotherapy could be the thing you need to live a freer, happier life. Myotherapy has a proven track record of helping patients suffering from neck, back, shoulder and leg pain, migraines and carpal tunnel, but can be applied to many more musculoskeletal problems.
Frankston Sports Myotherapy offers a comprehensive needling service designed to aid everyone in dealing with debilitating pain or injuries. Achieve the life you want with help from our clinic staff who will help develop a holistic recovery program that takes into account your needs, your current injury, your medical history and your goals.
Who could benefit from needling?
Most people in Frankston and beyond who do any sort of regular physical activity have probably picked up a few tight muscle groups or some stiffness in a joint. Our myotherapy practice can help with this through remedial massage and dry needling! The latter works by inserting a thin filament needle into what is known as a trigger point – which is collection of a small muscle fibre knots – which helps to release contracted muscles and reduce pain in the area.
You will feel a small twitch as the needle is inserted, but this is the reaction we want. This twitch is the first step in the treatment, and is theorised to be a spinal cord reflex that stops the muscle from spasming and causing pain.
There’s no need to structure your life around your injury any longer. Contact the experts at Frankston Sports Myotherapy at 4/4 New Street. Conveniently located at the base of the Mornington Peninsula, we are experts in the assessment and treatment of sports and lifestyle injuries. Call the professionals on 0415 328 764 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to live a pain-free life.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a thin filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of small muscle fibre contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. They often occur as a result of neuromuscular dysfunction and in areas of musculoskeletal stress.
Is Dry Needling similar to Acupunture?
There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Myotherapists are not acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research and it is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
How does Dry Needling work?
The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known. There are mechanical and biochemical effects. Based on the pioneering studies by Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, we know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Local twitch response with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
What type of problems can be treated with Dry Needling?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Neuromuscular dysfunction and imbalances are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms). The treatment of muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain mechanisms in the nervous system.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction.