Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies are built on an understanding of health through balance. Symptoms, such as pain or anxiety, are signs that your health is not at its optimum.
Our therapies may be recommended in combination for maximum results. Dry Needling, may be offered as part of your pain management treatment plan, together with acupuncture.
Please allow 90 minutes for your initial session and 60 minutes for follow-up sessions. For more on what to expect, click here.
Dry needling is a branch of Traditional Acupuncture that has been gaining popularity in the Physiotherapy and Chiropractic communities because of its effectiveness as a pain relieving therapy. Unlike Traditional acupuncture, dry needling is used only to treat pain and injuries, however there is a large overlap between the two modalities.
Dry needling therapy involves inserting sterile acupuncture needles into tight and often painful knots in muscles called trigger points. Trigger points typically develop in muscle that have been overloaded by poor posture or repetitive use. Once a trigger point has formed it can cause pain in that muscle and other seemingly unrelated areas of the body. For example, a trigger point in the shoulder muscles (upper trapezius) can refer pain into the side of the head causing headache like pain. Muscle tension and limited range of movement can also be the result of trigger points
The aim of dry needling treatments is to accurately assess where the pain is coming from and release the associated trigger point(s). In the process, the affected muscle(s) should relax and return to their natural length and state.
Superficial Dry Needling:
This type of needling is performed in areas without a lot of muscle mass. The needle is inserted very superficially over the trigger point and retained for only a short period of time.
Deep Dry Needling:
This style of needling is used in more muscular areas of the body and the trigger point is needled directly. Typically a muscle twitch or heavy sensation is experienced once the trigger point has been stimulated.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS):
This is a slightly different dry needling style that our Practitioners reserve for the treatment of neuropathic pain such as: Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome and Thoracic outlet syndrome, for example. In this style of treatment nerve root irritation is addressed along with deep muscle tension that can be constricting the nerve.
Our Practitioners are Traditional Acupuncturists at heart which means our Practitioners offer a gentler dry needling approach vs their Physiotherapist and Chiropractor cousins. It also means that our Practitioners are needling experts and have the largest needling technique skill set and education of all dry needling therapists.
Our Practitioners always incorporate Traditional Acupuncture with their dry needling treatments. To heal, the body needs to be in good health and Traditional Acupuncture is able to enhance the body’s overall health and its ability to heal by: improving quality of sleep, relieving stress and reducing stress hormone release, improving digestion and absorption and boosting immunity. Chinese herbal medicine as well as nutrition advice can aid recovery time and overall well being.