Philosophy: Dry Needling is a cost effective and efficient technique for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles and should not be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture (Travell & Simons 1999). Physicians Travell and Simons defined a myofascial trigger point as a "Hyper-irritable spot in a skeletal muscle." The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, twitch release, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena.
Myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are commonly seen in both acute and chronic pain conditions. Over the years it has been shown that it is possible to deactivate MTrPs by injecting them with a large number of disparate substances (Lu & Needham 1980). The only reasonable inference drawn from this is that the pain relief obtained is not dependent on the specific properties that the substance may contain but rather on the stimulation of the needle used for the injection itself. One of the first physicians to employ Dry Needling extensively for this purpose was Dr Karel Lewit of Czechoslovakia . Lewit (1979) reported favourably on the use of this technique in a series of 241 patients with musculoskeletal pain. The work of Hong and Jennifer Chu support Lewitt's work and emphasize the therapeutic importance of eliciting a LTR (local twitch response).
Dry Needling may mechanically disrupt the integrity of the dysfunctional end plates within the myofascial trigger area - resulting in mechanical and physiological resolution of the MTrPs. A fascinating new study by Jay Shah shows biochemical changes in the TrP following twitch elicitation. This was done by real time blood micro-sampling of the TrP as it was needled. Many years of work by Drs David Bowsher and Peter Baldry amongst other show a strong pain inhibitory role played by Opioids released by needling stimulation of A delta receptors.Today many Medical doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Nurses, Sports Therapists and Acupuncturists are using Dry Needling effectively and extensively within their practices for the treatment of Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction and for MTrPs.
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DRY NEEDLING LEVEL 1 COURSE (3 days)
DRY NEEDLING ANATOMY COURSE (1 day)
DRY NEEDLING FOR TENDINOPATHIES (1 day)
DRY NEEDLING FOR NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (1 day)
DRY NEEDLING FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES (1 day)
DRY NEEDLING IN SPORTS (1 day)
DRY NEEDLING PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION EXAM (Level 1 course + 2 advanced courses)
Certificate Title: Dry Needling Practitioner (DNP)
Level 1: £ 515
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