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What is Dry Needling?

08/01/2016 Posted by physio plus Latest News

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a thin filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of small muscle fibre contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. They often occur as a result of neuromuscular dysfunction and in areas of musculoskeletal stress. How does dry needling work? There are mechanical and biochemical effects. Based on many research studies, we know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Local twitch response with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle. What type of problems can be treated with dry needling? Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. { Read More }

Slipped Disc

A “Slipped disc” explained

30/11/2015 Posted by physio plus Latest News

A “slipped disc” is medically referred to as a prolapsed or herniated disc. This occurs when one of the discs that sits between the spinal vertebrae is damaged and presses on the surrounding spinal nerves. This can cause back pain or neck pain, as well as symptoms such as numbness, tingling sensation, and/or weakness. The sciatic nerve is often affected in cases of a prolapsed disc. It is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks and down both legs to the feet. If pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve (sciatica), it can cause mild to severe pain in the leg, hip or buttocks. What causes a “slipped disc” The spine consists of 24 individual bones called vertebrae that are stacked on top of each other. In between each vertebra there are protective circular pads of connective tissue called discs. { Read More }

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