Dry Needling & Acupuncture
What is dry needling?
Dry needling can be described as a neuromuscular technique that is used to release trigger points, stimulate healing processes, relieve muscle tension and alleviate pain or discomfort. Dry needling involves the use of flexible needles to penetrate the skin and deeper tissues which stimulates biochemical and neurological changes that will assist healing processes and help reduce many conditions.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on the concept of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) where similar needles to dry needling are inserted into acupuncture points which lie in ‘energy channels’ called meridians. It is believed that these channels transfer energy known as qi (or chi) and that the insertion of needles in these specific acupuncture points may improve the flow of these channels and have similar effects as described above. Dry needling is a more recently named therapeutic intervention derived from acupuncture and has become popular in recent years.
Who is dry needling and acupuncture for?
These are safe forms of treatment, suitable for people of all ages. There is minimal discomfort when each single use needle is inserted, often described as quite painless or a light scratch. We have treated many patients with a dislike of needles and they have all been surprised at how comfortable the treatment is. As the needles are solid, no liquid or substance is injected, or extracted from the body.
What conditions can dry needling and acupuncture help?
At BeActive Clinic Hertford, our practitioners use dry needling and acupuncture as part of their treatment for back pain, neck pain, chronic muscle tension, headaches and pain relief.
Can I specifically book a dry needling or acupuncture treatment at BeActive Clinic Hertford?
Our practitioners rarely use dry needling or acupuncture in isolation, preferring instead to combine them with other forms of manual therapy to match the needs of each person and achieve the best possible treatment outcome. At BeActive Clinic, each practitioner will fully explain the use of dry needling or acupuncture and obtain your consent before proceeding. They will assess and select how many needles to place and will usually leave these in for 20-30 minutes.
You can request dry needling or acupuncture as part of our osteopathy, sports massage and sports therapy services at BeActive Clinic Hertford; simply let the practitioner know and they will determine whether the treatment is appropriate for your issue or condition. If you are not sure which type of therapist you need to see, please contact us.