She is the sort of person that you see on your patient list & look forward to treating. She loves needles, she loves them so much that although as an osteopath I can treat her using manual techniques, she refuses to have me treat her in any other way but with acupuncture needles.
This lady is a great responder to treatment. One of the best ways to predict if a person is going to be a responder or non-responder is to insert a needle over the erector spinae muscles and watch how they respond.
A good responder is a patient that reacts by showing a redness around the needle insertion, may have a raised weal area & complains of mild itchiness.
These signs and symptoms are the results of a local acupuncture response & in particular the results of Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP) release.
*Studies have demonstrated increasing levels of local blood flow as an acupuncture needle advances into skin, muscle and finally when a needled is “worked” to elicit a de-qi response.
So the next time you want to predict whether a person is going to respond well to Dry Needling or not, the answer will be staring you in the face.
*Sandberg et al – Effects of acupuncture on skin and muscle blood flow in healthy subjects. European Journal of Applied Physiology 90(1-2) 114-119.
Dr Wayne W Mahmoud
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