Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a type of treatment technique that has been developed to relieve pain caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction, by relaxing muscle trigger points.

 

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What is a trigger point?
A Myofacial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in a muscle which is located in a taut (tight) band of muscle and is painful to touch. This spot can give characteristic referred pain and tenderness and other symptoms in areas other than where the muscle is located.

What happens during dry needing?
A thin, solid filament needle is inserted into the painful part of a muscle (the trigger point) in order to elicit a relaxation response, so as to restore the imbalances caused by a variety of stresses such as poor posture, repetitive strain or muscle tightness or joint immobility.

 

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The process creates a twitch response – a feeling not dissimilar to cramp. This means that the chemical imbalance in the muscle is being rectified. This is followed by a subsequent decrease in tension which allows normal function to be resumed.

 

What does dry needling treat?
Dry needling can be used effectively to treat range of acute and chronic orthopaedic, musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, hamstring issues, headaches, muscular tightness, ‘shin splints’, sporting injuries and tendinopathy.

What are the benefits of dry needling?
As dry needling decreases, the patient usually experiences immediate relief and increased range of motion, increased blood flow to the area to promote healing and improved sleep.

 

How many visits do I need?

Typically it takes several visits for a positive reaction to take place. We look for a cumulative response to achieve a good result.