Acupuncture and dry needling often compliment your physiotherapy or chiropractic care. Your physiotherapist or chiropractor might choose to use acupuncture or dry needling before or after other manual techniques in an effort to improve results, to help manage pain, or as a method of treating muscles.
Acupuncture can help with stress management, muscle function, energy and pain. One or more acupuncture needles are inserted into anatomical areas to help promote healing. These concepts are based in traditional Chinese medicine, and have a long history associated with them. If you are looking for acupuncture treatments, please book your appointments with Physiotherapist Eryn Matheson, or chiropractor Dr. Adele Boudreau.
Dry needling is different than acupuncture as it is based in westernized muscle anatomy and physiology. Based on an assessment, the needle is inserted briefly with a slight piston motion, that leads to a localized twitch response in the muscle. Dry-needling can be used to treat myofascial restrictions (traditionally called trigger points), loss of flexibility, muscle activation and pain. If you are looking for dry needling, please book your physiotherapy appointment with Stephanie Petten, PT.