Dry needling & acupuncture treatment in London with our specialised physiotherapists and osteopaths. Treatment & rehabilitation with dry needling in London, at home or at the practice in Moorgate EC2 & Clapham SW4
What is dry needling?
Dry needling, also called acupuncture, is defined as a procedure that involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body with the use of very thin and solid painfree filament needles. Dry needling is aimed at myofascial trigger points, which are defined by multiple contractions knots, sensitive spots located in soft tissue and which are related to the production of pain.
Depending on the condition, dry needling on myofascial trigger points can be used on both superficial or deep tissue levels. It will help relieving muscles pain and increase their function, generally alongside other rehabilitation methods (manual therapy, massages, physical exercises, stretching and strengthening…).
Dry needling (acupuncture) specialist in London to relieve muscle pain, tendonitis, stress and to speed up your recovery. Treatment at home or in our practice in Moorgate EC2 and Clapham SW4.
At Excellence Physiotherapy, our physio and osteo are highly trained and have years of experience in dry needling treatments. They will provide you the best treatments in acupuncture and by combining with physiotherapy and osteopathy methods, to help you recover the fastest and in the best way possible, as well as relieving your muscles pain, injuries, migraines, stress or fatigue.
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Dry needling treatments, physiotherapy & osteopathy rehabilitation with acupuncture method in London, at home or at the practices in Moorgate EC2 and Clapham SW4
Our physiotherapists and osteopaths can provide you physio and osteo treatments as well as dry needling treatments in London at your home, whether you suffer from muscles ache, injuries, stress, fatigue, headaches… However, if you prefer coming to one of our physiotherapy & osteopathy clinics specialised in dry needling, our team can see you at the at the Light Centre Moorgate in East London EC2 near Liverpool Street, or at Make Me Feel Pharmacy Clapham in South West London SW4 near Clapham Common and Clapham South.
Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA PPP), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised
For a dry needling appointment with our specialised physiotherapist and osteopath, at home or at the practice: 0207 125 0262
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What is dry needling good for? Acupuncture treatments with dry needling in London to relieve pain and help with musculoskeletal, general and women’s health conditions
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal issues. Some of them are:
- Back pain
- TMJ pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain, rotator cuff, biceps
- Ligaments issues (e.g. ankle sprain or strain)
- Tendonitis (e.g. tennis elbow, tenosynovitis)
- Arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfers elbow)
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Any muscle hypertonicity and muscle pain
- In sport physiotherapy, to treat sport injury
Dry needling is also very effective on general conditions, including:
- Chronic headaches
- Stress release
- Fatigue, low energy
- It can also be used on any area where the therapist wants to promote blood flow and healing, or desensitise an area of the body
What can dry needling treat during pregnancy and in postnatal women’s health treatment?
In Women’s Health, dry needling can be performed as an adjunct to the rehabilitation.
For Women’s health conditions, dry needling if efficient on:
- Low back pain, pelvic girdle pain
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Wrist pain and wrist tendonitis – tenosynovitis
- Shoulder, back, neck pain associated with breastfeeding
- Menstrual cramps & menstrual pain
Dry needling is often additional to other rehabilitation methods, manual techniques, mobility, strength and co-ordination exercises.
What you need to know about dry needling & acupuncture techniques (London)
What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
While they both share similarities and provide therapeutic pain relief, dry needling and acupuncture are two different methods.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a derivative from ancient Chinese medicine, used to treat a variety of medical conditions and following diagnosis. Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that a body can be healed when its healing energy, called ‘chi’, is released.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling, on the other side, is a more modern method based on research, and is designed to relieve pain and tightness in muscles.
How does dry needling work?
Dry needling, or western acupuncture is a method applied by a qualified physiotherapist or osteopath after the assessment has been done and the type of treatment decided. Dry needling has mechanical and biomechanical effects, helping in pain releasing.
It will involve stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body, via myofascial trigger points, which will make it produce natural substances such as endorphins, known for their pain relieving effects.
The needles, very fine and a few centimetres long, are inserted in specific spots in the body in a painless way, under the skin to reach muscle and connective tissues. They are sterilised and will be used only once before being thrown in a special container.
We are extremely careful with using only sterile, one use, singely packed, medical needles.
During the insertion of the needles, you might feel a little sting that won’t last long. You shouldn’t feel any significant pain during your dry needling session.
What is a myofascial trigger point?
A myofascial trigger point is like a knot in the muscle, described as a group of hyperirritable spots, which have become too tight to get back to their relaxed state, compressing the nerves and capillaries that supply them. This will result as a difficulty for the muscle to move or stretch normally, leading to discomfort and pain to the touch. Touching a trigger point can also cause pain to other parts of the body, so treating a trigger point on a certain part of the body can also heal another part.
What can cause myofascial trigger points?
Following an injury and as a protective response, the muscle is going to tighten itself to reduce the pain of the injury, which will lead to the creation of a sensitive knot.
But injuries are not the only factors causing muscles to tighten and myofascial trigger points to develop. It can also happen following unexpected, repetitive or quick movements, a change in the workload too quick during sports activities like running, poor posture, a nerve impingement, stress, illness, nutritional deficiencies…
Do I need to rest after a dry needling session?
It is recommended to take time for your body to rest and recover and avoid energy-consuming activities straight after your dry needling session.