Spring and its weather is finally here, with temperatures creeping back into the 20’s and daylight lasting just that little bit longer!
Winter sports injuries and head cold’s are slowing but we are seeing increasingly more hay fever patients now and patients in various stages of their pregnancy journey.
Generally the best foods to eat in spring are warming and ascending sweet foods. The aim is to strengthen and maintain Lung function, whilst dispelling wind and nourishing the Liver. Ascending foods include cabbage, mint, sweet rice, carrot, beetroot, shiitake mushrooms, cherries, peas and sunflower seeds. Pungent foods including fennel, oregano, rosemary, legumes and seeds are also recommended to stimulate the circulation of Qi and move energy to assist in the Lung function.
Dry Needling Vs Acupuncture
We are finding more of our patients are mentioning that they have received Acupuncture from a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor. When we explain that it is likely that this was Dry Needling they quiz us on what are the differences.
So here is a brief comparison between the two forms of needling -
Whilst using the same needles there are fundamental differences between Dry Needling and Acupuncture.
Acupuncture practitioners prescribe needle locations following a holistic diagnosis which has it’s basis on Meridian or Energy Pathway Theories. The goal is to stimulate the bodies Qi (natural energy) and Blood circulation to remedy many pathological conditions including visceral and systemic, emotional or musculoskeletal disfunction. Dry needling, on the other hand, involves the introduction of the needles into the muscle, fascia and joints, with the aim of reducing tightness, pain relief and increasing blood circulation.
Retention time tends to be longer for Acupuncture. Acupuncturists tend to retain the needles for 20 minutes or longer, whilst Dry Needling practitioners retain the needle for a shorter period of time, often 5 or so minutes. During both types of needling the patient can tend to feel some sensation or minor pain. Practitioners of Dry Needling tend to use techniques such as pecking, or lifting and thrusting which maximise the amount of blood flow, therefore the pain sensation in some instances can be more intense.
Acupuncturists in Victoria and Australia are required to complete a minimum of 4 years University Training focusing on Chinese Medicine diagnosis and Acupuncture point prescription. Dry Needling practitioners usually are specifically trained in other modalities such as Myotherapy, Remedial Massage, Chiropractic or Physiotherapy. Dry Needling is performed as an adjunct skill complementing their other therapeutic techniques, for this reason their training tends to be more a short course over several weeks or months.
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we have Practitioners trained in both Acupuncture (Stephen, Janette and Georgina) as well as Practitioners who use Dry Needling (Michael and now Michelle).
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