What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a western form of ‘Acupuncture’. It is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain, and helping to relax overactive muscles which contain trigger points. It is used a lot within manual therapy with the combination of pressure and twitch reflexes to relax the muscles and fascia in order to relive tension and pain.
The aim is to improve function and reduce pain by releasing or inactivating trigger points.
How does it work?
Dry needling is an invasive therapy technique that provides a fast effective route to pain relief, through the use of fine solid needles inserted into the skin and deep into the muscles and fascia. Introducing the needle into knots of muscles can relieve tension and increase the blood flow to the region. They can hit deep stubborn knots with precision, which will elicit a local twitch response which can stimulate the bodies natural healing process.
This can be used as part of sports therapy treatment or as a treatment by itself.
Who can benefit?
Dry needling can help with a number of pain problems. See below for a few examples:
- Acute/Chronic injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle strains
- Overuse injuries
- And many more
Is dry needling safe?
Dry needling is safe for many people!
Patients should be aware that after treatments dry needling can potentially cause short term muscle soreness, minor bruising and tiredness. Symptoms that are similar to those you may experience after a deep tissue massage.
Please contact us for any more information on dry needling
There are of course a few exceptions and medical conditions where dry needling can not be used. These are as follows:
- Patients with lymphedema.
Please contact us for any more information on dry needling or to find out if this form of treatment is best for you.