During my treatments I refer to many different issues with your injury sites. I will talk about certain areas and things that are taking place, at the time of your injury, before and within you receive treatments, also after the sessions have finished. I thought this page would be a good way to help you understand what is going on.
Q - Can you explain a Trigger Point to me?
So a "trigger point" is a build up of muscle fibres that loose their elasticity. A muscle fibre should be able to stretch and reform its original state. In the two pictures above it shows a TP formation when left, now you don't actually need to play sports or doing anything strenuous for these to form, they start small and then build up into a cluster like the right picture shows, this is when you become aware there is a pain. Sometimes TP's are not painful until pushed, this is why therapist always believe in regular maintenance sessions.
What is Dry Needling? is it Acupuncture?
Both diagrams on the shows the Dry Needling in place
The redness circle that surrounds the needles is called
the bodies reaction to Needling
Dry Needling is not Acupuncture, lets be clear about this from the start, the only thing that has a link to Acupuncture is the Needles we use. Dry Needling is a fantastic way to target muscular trigger points (MTps), we fibres collectively build up in the body they form a painful area, this can be anywhere on your body, the most common TP is located at the base of your neck on either side of your shoulders. Sometimes you may not even know you have a TP until the area is pushed on. With Dry Needling we can insert the Needle directly into the TP causing a reaction called "Eruthema"
What is Erythema?
This is the reaction that takes place around the Dry Needle when inserted into the skin. it forms a reddening around the Needle, increase blood flow to the area causing a relation effect of the muscle tissue. Erythema can make not show on yourself as not everyone reacts the same way, but the cause effects will still take place.
What is Cupping Therapy and how does it work?
I offer two types of "dry cupping therapy". They work when a vacuum is created under the cup forming a negative pressure, this lifts the muscle tissues increasing blood flow bringing it to the surface tissue creating a warm sensation, this intern relaxes the muscular fibres reducing tension. Silicone based Cupping which is the blue style cups on the right and a glass valved cup in the left diagram. both are extremely effective at relieving tension symptoms. This is very popular amongst Sport athletes, Micheal Phelps in the 2012 olympics used cupping before a race for the world to see, the bruising is an effect of the blood rising to the surface and can last up to 7 days after your treatment.
When Should I use Hot or Cold on my injury?
Okay, so this question is one I deal with daily at my clinic with my clients. A lot of people get confused and misguided by the good ol' Dr Google. There will always be research for different theories available at the click of a button. At The Treatment Room Bexhill we believe in one way.
ICE before HEAT
You put your back out and it goes into a spasm, you struggle to move around, the back tightens up to protect the surrounding area, your immediate thought is to grab a heat pack and warm the area, NO! this is not what you should be doing, its actually ICE that you need to apply, when you apply the ice, you are reducing the spasms around the effected area, yes its uncomfortable and makes the area feel higher but this is necessary in the initial stage. you can introduce heat after a few days and the spasms has settled down.
Please refer to my Injury advice page for a break down of advice if you have suffered an muscle pull or injury.