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DRY NEEDLING

WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Local effects include Trigger point stimulation to reduce pain and improve muscle function;  improved local blood flow, pain reduction, and the adjustment of local immune responses.    

Segmental effects include a reduction in pain sensation corresponding to particular myotomes (a group of muscles innervated by a single spinal segment) or dermatomes (the area of skin supplied by a single nerve root), when they are needled.   

The Extra-segmental effects of dry needling includes the release of the body’s own feel good chemicals (opioids) and modulation of the “pain experience” and the behavioural/emotionalresponse to it.

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ULTRASOUND

Therapeutic Ultrasound delivers high frequency sound waves into the soft tissue via a treatment head which contains a "Peizoelectric Transducer" (a fancy name for a crystal that changes shape under the influence of an electrical charge). 

The compressive sound waves produced by the movement of the treatment head across the surface of the skin has numerous therapeutic benefits, including preferential heating to soft tissue at various depths, reduced swelling,  stimulation of repair processes and reorientation of collagen fibres which improves the elasticity of scar tissue.

 

EMG

EMG stands for ......

This is the measure of a skeletal muscle’s electrical activity.  In the event of pain, swelling or dysfunction the EMG of a muscle may be reduced.  The EMG machine can be used to identify and/or measure muscular dysfunction and can then be used as a training tool to assist patients to retrain the quality, neuromuscular strength and timing of muscular activity.