Dry Needling involves placing needles into altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. It may include myofascial trigger point release to treat the muscular components of common musculoskeletal conditions. It is used much like other soft tissue release therapies (ie. Massage), creating increased blood flow to tight and sore muscles.
Western Acupuncture utilises meridian points, which are stimulated to create local, spinal segment or supraspinal pain modulating effects. It can be used to stimulate the central nervous system, sympathetic nervous system and immune system. The most common technique used is the ‘Layering Technique’ where needles are placed along pain pathways, to offer an evidence based approach of modulating pain and sensory-motor responses.