Paul uses dry needling as one of his treatment modalities to treat musculoskeletal injuries and ailments. He was trained in acupuncture by Bernard Nolan who has worked extensively with many of the premiership football clubs in the UK and is a specialist in using acupuncture for fertility and sports injuries.
Dry Needling, also known as medical or Western Acupuncture, is a western adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture.
It is practiced principally by doctors, sports therapists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths and uses a variety of acupuncture techniques based on evidence based research.
Several theories have been proposed to explain the effects of acupuncture, especially those relating to pain relief. It is thought that Acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals that either change the perception of pain or / and release other chemicals that biochemically change and stimulate the body's natural healing processes and stimulate physical and emotional well-being.
Scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are located on enhanced conductors of electromagnetic signals and it is thought that stimulation of these points enables signals to be relayed at an increased rate than normal which may encourage greater pain inhibiting molecules and immune system cells to specific areas that are injured or vulnerable to disease.
Research has also found that during acupuncture treatment endogenous opioids may be released into the central nervous system, resulting in a reduction of pain.
In conduction with this, research has shown that acupuncture may positively alter, via the central nervous system, blood pressure, blood flow, immune reactions and body temperature regulation.