With the winter season coming to an end, the colder months have well and truly left many a body with many tight and sore muscles. So much so that even a normal remedial massage/myotherapy treatment can be quite uncomfortable. If you’re finding massage too uncomfortable at the moment consider giving dry needling a go.
Dry needling works by inserting a very thin needle (same needles as acupuncture) into a tight band of muscle or a knot to elicit a twitch response. This lets us know that the needle is in the right location. The area then begins to have a dull achy feel to it as the muscle begins to reset to a more normal resting length. The needles may be left in the muscle for a number of minutes and/or moved to a new area to ensure the muscle continues to unravel thereby bypassing the more physical massage treatment. Once the needle is removed the area may continue to ache for a few hours and once that has settled down over the next 24-48 hours, the range of overall pain-free movement will have dramatically increased.
This will allow you to get back to doing all those activities you love to do a lot sooner. And right in time for the warmer weather!
About the Author:
Vin Chand is resident Myotherapist at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. His passion is for all things health and fitness (Vin is also a Personal Trainer), which was apparent from a very early age due to a background in exercise and competitive sports.
A keen ‘need to know’ knowledge of the many wonderful mechanical processes of the human body led to a successful and perfectly suited career in personal training where his success stories were built around attention to detail, results-based training, and strong customer service. Read more…