Dry needling is a technique also known as trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling. Within the body, there is fascia or myofascia which are connective tissues which hold all your tissues, organs, and muscles together. When your myofascia or muscles becomes aggravated, trigger points can form. Trigger points can become tender and painful while also referring pain to other parts of your body and if left untreated can result in sensitized nerves. The aim of dry needling is to insert the needle into the necessary muscle or trigger point and release muscle tension in turn relieving pain. Dry needling is used in conjunction with adjustments, exercise, manual therapy, heat therapy and education. We often get asked if this technique is painful due to it using needles for treatment. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort if any at all when the needle is inserted. However, when a muscle is shortened or in pain (sensitized), you may experience the sensation of a muscle cramp or a reproduction of your pain briefly.
What are examples of myofascial pain dry needling can help?
Lower back pain
What causes myofascial pain or trigger points?
Injuries or infection
Kinesiology taping is a technique that is designed to aid the body’s natural ability to heal itself while also providing structural support and stability to muscles and joints. When kinesiotape is applied onto the body over the insertion or origin of a muscle, it activates neurological and circulatory systems. This aids the body in reducing pain and inflammation while supporting the relaxation of overused and tired muscles. Kinesiology taping varies from typical athletic taping which is known to restrict a joint for enhanced stability. Kinesiology taping instead, is non-restriction taping which allows for continued movement of a joint and surrounding muscles.
What would you receive kinesiology taping for?
Low backs sprain/strain
Shoulder or rotator cuff injuries
Pregnancy (to help support the belly)