PhysioCare News

Posted on July 22nd, 2011

John & Amelia recently attended a farewell lunch for the 3rd year physiotherapy students at James Cook University. These students are heading off on their 30 weeks of placement within Health Facilities around Australia which is a necessary part of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy curriculum. PhysioCare would like to wish them all the best!!

Also welcome back to Lisa who has been on a holiday in Sydney. She attended a friends “engagement party” which ended up being a surprise wedding!! It was said to be a very exciting evening!

Furthermore, Claudia has taken 5 weeks leave to travel around Western Australia. In her place we have 2 new receptionists – Narelle and Wabke – welcome to the PhysioCare Team!!

Dry Needling

Posted on July 6th, 2011

Recently John, Amelia and Lisa attended a dry needling course. For those of you who don’t know, dry needling is the practice of inserting fine needles into hyperirritable spots located in taut bands of muscle. These spots are called myofascial trigger points (MTPs) and when compressed cause local tenderness and referred pain.

Dry needling is very similar to the traditional chinese medicine called acupuncture. Acupuncture deals with subtle energy flows (“Qi” pronouced chi) in the body related to the cosmic principles of Ying and Yang. It is believed that the balance of these energies in the human body affects health and disease, and by inserting fine needles into specific meridian points it is possible to promote healthy flow of “Qi” or life force, through the body.

Dry needling is different as it is based on the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Dry needling is used to relax muscle and decrease pain associated with different musculoskeletal conditions. Needles are inserted into myofascial triggerpoints, periosteum (fibrous tissue covering bone which serves as an attachment for muscles and tendons) and other soft tissues.  Physiotherapists consider dry needling to be a useful tool which can have a longer lasting effect than just massage, as it gets deep into the tissues. If you are interested to know more about dry needling just ask your physiotherapist.