What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment technique which most commonly involves inserting a fine needle into a trigger point in the muscle. A trigger point is a taut band of muscle which is sensitive, often referred to as a knot.
Is it the same as Acupuncture?
Although it uses the same medium (fine needles) as acupunture, dry needling is considered an alternative technique to acupuncture.
Acupuncture originated in China. The needles are inserted at very specific points over the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore energy flow (known as Chi) throughout the body. This is a different principle to dry needling.
What is the benefit of Dry Needling?
The aim is to reduce muscle tension or “knots” which can help reduce pain, improve mobility, strength and muscle activation. It is also thought to stimulate release of hormones which can help with pain, inflammation and healing.
Does it hurt?
When a tight muscle is needled you may feel some discomfort during the treatment such as a twitch, ache or sharper sensation. The area may be tender for 1-3 days. However, some patients don’t report any discomfort and don’t even know the needle is in!
Are you willing???
If you are keen to give this technique a go or would like more information, why not get in contact with us.