What is it?
Dry Needling has been proven to be a very effective way to treat painful neuromuscular conditions. Studies have shown its effectiveness in both acute and chronic pain situations. The premise behind dry needling is that when abnormal muscle tension develops in the body, it causes pain. Dry Needling aims to stimulate blood flow, increase oxygen, and decrease the sensitization in the brain which occurs with chronic pain. It is safe, and very effective for a range of conditions. Alpha Health Services offers dry needling service in Toronto for those who need it.
Will it help me?
Everyone is different and therefore responds to treatments differently. Dry Needling has been shown to relieve pain from many chronic and acute injuries within a few treatments. Many elite athletes use dry needling to speed up recovery and to ease the pain. Research shows it’s effectiveness in those suffering from chronic and debilitative pain.
Pain which arises from abnormal muscle tissue tension is often overlooked by many health care practitioners, and thus often goes misdiagnosed. Dry Needling aims to correct these tissue dysfunctions and restore the proper tension and balance in the body.
Dry Needling treatments can only be provided by a qualified healthcare practitioner – typically a Physiotherapist or Physician – who has been specially trained and certified in dry needling. For further information on dry needling service in Toronto please contact ALPHA Health Services.
Conditions that Respond
Following are typical conditions that respond to Dry Needling treatment.
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Leg pain
- Hamstring strains
- Shin splints
- Muscle spasms
- Sciatic pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of treatment from Traditional Chinese Medicine that is used to restore a person to good health. It involved the insertion of very thin and flexible needles in to specific points on the human body, called acupoints to help treat pain, inflammation or pathology. It has almost no side-effects and has been gaining popularity in Western medicine for many decades.
What does acupuncture do? Or How does acupuncture work?
Current evidence suggests that the insertion of a needle into an acupoint stimulates nerves travelling to the spinal cord which help to modulate the transmission of pain. This signal allows for chemicals (neurotransmitters and endorphins) to be released in the brain to help reduce pain. In addition, when a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it causes a local immune response and increases circulation to the area to help with swelling and to promote tissue healing.
Is acupuncture right for you?
Everyone is different, so it is best to speak to your health care practitioner regarding your suitability for acupuncture. Generally, acupuncture can help to treat pain, swelling, inflammation and restrictions associated with acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
What types of problems can acupuncture help?
The following are some conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.
- Muscles strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Low back pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Disc bulge
- Degenerative disc disease
- Shin splint syndrome
- TMJ pain
Does acupuncture hurt?
Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, but most people find that acupuncture treatments are relaxing and cause minimal pain. You may experience some temporary discomfort as the needles are inserted or a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.
What are the side effects of acupuncture? Is acupuncture safe?
While side-effects of acupuncture are minimal, possible side effects include slight bruising, achiness and minimal bleeding at the site of insertion. Only single-use, sterile needles are used to prevent infection or transmitted diseased.
Is acupuncture covered by my extended health care benefits?
At ALPHA health services, acupuncture is offered by registered physiotherapists and acupuncture providers. The physiotherapists use acupuncture in combination with other physiotherapy techniques to treat musculoskeletal disorders. All assessments and treatments are billed under physiotherapy, which is covered by most insurance plans.
Before and after acupuncture
It is recommended to eat a light meal before you receive acupuncture. Continue to take any prescribed medications. Strenuous physical activities (including exercise) should be avoided for at least two hours after treatment.