Dry Needling Cairns

dry needling cairns

Dry needling cairns

Dry Needling cairns

Dry Needling was a word that began recently.  It is used to describe sticking needles into a persons body.  Dry needling is a lesser form of acupuncture – Acupuncture is a skill that has been developed over 3000 years.  Dry needling is a skill developed very recently.

Acupuncture is practiced by trained professionals with degrees in just Acupuncture.

If you would like to have needling done – then phone us here at Cairns Acupuncture for a really great needle sticking experience.

Please phone Tanya Galvin on 0408 054 538 or email tanyagalvin@hotmail.com

60 minute treatment.

The origin of the term “dry needling” is attributed to Janet G. Travell. In her book, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual, Travell uses the term “dry needling” to differentiate between two needle techniques when performing trigger point therapy.

Digging a bit deeper, two main conceptual models of Dry Needling developed during the last few decades; most common are the radiculopathy and trigger point models. The radiculopathy model is based on empirical observations by the Canadian physician Dr. Chan Gunn, another pioneer of Dry Needling technique. To distinguish this approach from other methods of Dry Needling, Dr. Gunn named it intramuscular stimulation (IMS). The Gunn IMS technique is based on the premise that musculoskeletal pain is a result of peripheral neuropathy or radiculopathy, defined as “a condition that causes disordered function in the peripheral nerve.” According to Gunn’s theory, denervated tissues develop supersensitivity. In the musculature, this manifests as muscle shortening, pain, and the development of taut bands with trigger points. Shortening of the spinal muscles, particularly the multifidi muscles, leads to disk compression and pressure on the nerve root, which subsequently results in peripheral neuropathy and the development of supersensitive nociceptors and pain. Thus, restricted flow of nerve impulses in all innervated structures—including skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, spinal neurons, sympathetic ganglia, adrenal glands, sweat cells, and brain cells—leads to atrophy, aggravated irritability, and sensitivity.

According to the second model, the trigger point approach, a fine filament needle (AKA acupuncture needle) is inserted directly into a trigger point of the dysfunctional muscle that may be contributing to pain. In 1942, Dr. Janet Travell and colleagues first published the method of injections into trigger points. In 1979, Dr. Karel Lewit concluded that the effect of injections were primarily caused by the mechanical stimulation of a trigger point with the needle alone (not the medication being injected). Since then, Dry Needling has been widely used for the treatment of trigger points. More recent studies have found Dry Needling to be most effective when local twitch responses are elicited, probably because of rapid depolarization of the involved muscle fibers, which manifests as local twitches. After the muscle has finished twitching, the spontaneous electrical activity subsides and the pain and dysfunction decrease dramatically. Acupuncture technique does not aim to necessarily even pierce muscle tissue, nor cause this important muscle twitch response that is definitive of Dry Needling.