Anatomical acupuncture refers to the approach taken today by western trained providers and combines knowledge of acupuncture with western-learned anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Using this approach, it is possible for physicians, physiotherapists and dentists, who already have an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to learn acupuncture in a relatively short time to apply it in clinical practice with good results. At Sports Centre Physiotherapy all of our physiotherapists have training in anatomical acupuncture and use anatomical acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal symptoms.
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm, which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpel tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain.Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then contract and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.