Dry Needling

If the thought of other, more hands-on therapies gives you ‘pins and needles’, then you may need to Unwind with dry needling…

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of therapy – dating back 5000 years. Its origins are firmly planted in China, where today it remains the most popular form of treatment. And of course in recent decades the rest of the world has caught up to its energy circulating benefits…

At Unwind Health, we offer a traditional acupuncture treatment, seeking to unblock “Qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) energy pathways which flow around your body and maintain your health and wellbeing. Using special needles at specific pressure points (often in a completely different spot to the ailment!), acupuncture is a treatment tailored to you alone – as no two bodies are the same.

Acupuncture treatment is relaxing and almost painless – due to the fact that the needles used are so fine. Each of these extremely thin, pre-sterilized and disposable needles is inserted into a specific point of influence to stimulate Qi and restore healthy balance. Pleasingly, Acupuncture has no side effects, and offers the bonus of treating both the cause and the symptoms.

Acupuncture may be beneficial for:

  • Muscular aches and pains,
  • Relaxation,
  • Arthritis,
  • Common cold/flu,
  • Insomnia,
  • Sinusitis,
  • Menstrual pain,
  • Fertility,
  • Digestive disorders/complaints,
  • Stress and anxiety,
  • Headaches,
  • Sciatic,
  • Chronic Fatigue and many more.

Dry Needling

Dry needling techniques involves using needles to stimulate the body’s own pain relief system, without using drugs. It has its origin in Acupuncture, were needles have been used to move the flow of energy (or chi) in the body for more than 2000 years.

In the west it was not until 1938 that Professor John Kellgren of Manchester university first adapted modern neurophysiology concepts to the ancient technique, observing that by applying sustained pressure on muscles he could identify exquisite tender points and reproduce the patients pain, and ease them by injecting an analgesic (using “wet needles”). As other drugs were trialled over the years it became clear that pain relief was in fact dependent on the stimulation of the needle itself, and not on the substance administered.

Acupuncture may be beneficial for:

  • The introduction of fine needles into the skin and deeper into the muscles, fascia and occasionally joints, tendons and bone/tendon junctions
  • Techniques vary from inserting the needle and leaving it in for 15 minutes or so with occasional manipulation to constant peppering (pecking) of the needle into the region
  • The manipulation may occur more than once during the treatment
  • The aim of the technique is to change the tone within the muscle allowing it to relax
  • The needles used are single use sterile needles and are disposed of after use
  • Treatment time can vary depending on the technique used

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