At the AACP Conference the Integrated Dry Needling approach will presented for the first time outside Australia and New Zealand since its inception in 1994. The abstract has been submitted and between now and then there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that the Integrated Dry Needling Online Course is ready so that those attending the workshop presentations at the conference can learn how to achieve what they have seen in the demonstrations.
Why would they want to do that? Have a look at some of the pre and post treatment photos and videos in this short presentation to find out.
Specific application of musculoskeletal screening guided dry needling to optimise dysfunctional single leg stance
Single leg stance and its variants are commonly used clinical movement tests relating to activities such as walking and running. Deficiencies observed in these tests, allow us to determine the mechanical factors related to inefficient force transfer and load dumping resulting in tissue sensitivity and load related tissue pathology.
In accordance with popular dry needling approaches, practitioners commonly focus on the reported site of pain sensitivity and changing reported and assessed tissue sensitivity rather than reassessment of motor performance.
An alternative to popular trigger point dry needling approaches, Integrated Dry Needling, uses a process of movement , range and tissue irritability screening which directs a highly individualised dry needling treatment using non “trigger point techniques”. Techniques are applied to tissue sites indicated by screening and not by the reported site of pain sensitivity. Through a range of possible mechanisms, predominantly neurological dis-inhibition, immediate changes, in assessed single leg stance are observed.
The treatment process allows hypotheses formed during the assessment process to be tested allowing the practitioner to quickly and specifically evaluate whether deficiencies in the patients motor performance are due to awareness, neuro-motor control or apparent or actual tissue restriction.