There are a number of complementary pain relieve techniques available to our patients.
“The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.”Kinesio Taping Association International
We all have acquired additional training in Dry Needling.Dry needling is a form of physical therapy used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It is an invasive form of myofascial release in which thin, flexible needles are inserted into the body. The places the needles are placed in the body are determined by accurate anatomical knowledge based on sound scientific reasoning within a biomedical paradigm. This is different to acupuncture, which is a treatment technique related to Chinese Medicine, and takes a philosophical rather than empirical approach to the body.
For which conditions can Dry Needling be used?
Dry needling can be used to treat many musculoskeletal conditions. It is very important to realise that using the technique outside of a balanced, professionally designed treatment regime that includes therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and patient education is not desirable. That said, the technique is effective in treating back and neck pain, muscle strains, tight and painful scars, headaches, shoulder pain, and a myriad of other problems related to the muscles, pain and how the body copes with these.
What are the Side Effects of Dry Needling?
There are relatively few side effects, which is one of the great advantages of this effective therapy. The more common ones include discomfort from the needling procedure, bruising, and occasionally a very small amount of bleeding. Less commonly, patients may experience transient feelings of drowsiness, euphoria, tearfulness, sweating or chills.
How Does It Work?
Dry needling works in at least 3 different ways depending on what you do with the needle. Firstly, the simple insertion of a needle and the subsequent stimulation of the needle give you a rush of natural painkillers called opioids, and a feel good hormone called serotonin. These actively reduce your pain, and this enables you to exercise more effectively.
Secondly, using a needle to stimulate a trigger point in a muscle frees the muscle up to work more efficiently by causing it to twitch and release. These helps the local muscle to both contract and lengthen better, and will allow you to have more power and better flexibility in the muscle. This also reduces local muscle pain.
Thirdly, by using a combination of needles in different parts of the biomechanical system, your therapist can help you align and balance out your movement patterns as a whole. The exact reasons for the undoubted success of all three approaches is quite complex, and requires a longer explanation. (Dry Needling Physiotherapy Group)
Hi-Volt, Ultra Sound, Interferential Therapy and Laser is some of the electro therapeutic modalities used in our practice.
“Motion is Lotion” We believe in involving the patient actively in their treatment plan. It is therefore important that every patient should walk out of the treatment with a printed customized exercise program.