Acupuncture involves insertion of fine needles through a person's skin at specific points to achieve therapeutic effects. These points are called acupoints and they have been identified in Traditional Chinese medicine. The desirable effect is to regulate the flow of Chi which helps blood and energy flow. Acupuncture usually causes little to no pain, however mild ache for short term is not uncommon after acupuncture treatments.
In physiotherapy treatments, acupuncture is used to help with pain reduction, restoration of range of motion and reduction of inflammation. At RehabWell Physiotherapy, acupuncture is offered as a part of physiotherapy treatments if deemed suitable for your condition by your physiotherapist. One or more acupuncture points may be needled by the physiotherapist.
Electroacupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture needles with a low level electric current to enhance analgesic effects. The needles are clamped to a battery-operated unit which allows frequencies in the range of 1 Hz -500 Hz
Dry needling/Intramuscular stimulation (IMS)
Dry needling involves insertion of fine needles through muscle trigger points to help relax overactive muscles and correct myofascial dysfunctions. The needle is inserted at different angles and adjusted depths to target the muscle trigger point. Needling of a trigger point may cause a muscle twitch as the muscle tension is released.
Muscle twitching during dry needling is common and there may be some amount of pain after treatment. Dry needling can be used to treat tight muscles, provide pain relief and improve range of motion.
At RehabWell Physiotherapy, dry needling is offered as a part of physiotherapy treatments if deemed suitable for your condition by your physiotherapist. One or more dry needling points may be needled by the physiotherapist.