Dry needling therapy is the insertion of a solid filiform needle into the tender point of a muscle or other body tissue. The needle is manipulated to illicit a physiological response by the local tissues such as a muscle twitch, which in turn dilates blood vessels and increases the delivery of oxygenated blood to the muscle. The result is a reversal of the hypoxic state (loss of oxygen) and a reduction in muscle tightness and pain.
Electrotherapeutic dry needling involves an electrical current flowing between two filiform needles which are inserted into muscles, ligaments, tendons or a fat pad. The electrical current pulse causes a contraction which can reduce muscle tension and pain, increase nerve function and increase the healing process of tendinopathies or ligament sprains.
Joint mobilisation reduces stiffness and/or pain at the joint. This can improve range of movement and biomechanics.
Vacuum cupping reduces fascial restrictions and allows for improved range of movement.
Rocktape enable repositioning of a region creating better biomechanics while still allowing free movement of muscle or joint. Rigid taping stabilises a joint preventing excessive movement reducing the chance of further injury.
Lymphatic drainage accelerates the removal of metabolic waste from the interstitial fluid. This can assist with fluid elimination by moving the excess fluid and metabolic waste from the connective tissue to the vascular system. Secondary benefits include stimulation of lymph nodes, transportation of immune cells, relaxation of the autonomic nervous system and muscle tone. Indications for lymphatic drainage: Oedema (swelling of arms, finger, legs or toes), Detoxification, Post trauma (sprains or bruising), Pre or Post surgery, Post event (sporting), Sinusitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lymphoedema.
Common aliments experienced during pregnancy (pre-natal) can be: oedema (swelling) of the arms or feet, sciatica, upper or lower back pain. Common post-natal aliments experienced can be: neck pain, upper back pain, headaches, migraines and fatigue. Within the guidelines of pregnancy treatments, MST is able to assess the primary complaint and its contributing factors, followed by treatment to reduce or eliminate pain symptoms or oedema.