DRY NEEDLING

 

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a western form of “Acupuncture”. It incorporates the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle, tendons and ligaments). The aim, to improve function and reduce pain by releasing or inactivating trigger points.

 

WHAT IS A “TRIGGER POINT”?

A trigger point is a taut band of muscle located within a larger muscle group, sometimes tender to touch, and can also radiate pain to other parts of the body.

 

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Dry needling can be used among any age or ability, please see examples below of a variety of pain problems which may benefit:

-Acute/Chronic injuries
-Headaches
-Neck/Back pain
-Tendinitis
-Sciatica
-Muscle strains
-Overuse injuries
-And many more…

DOES DRY NEEDLING HURT?

A healthy muscle experiences little discomfort with insertion of a┬áthin filament needle. However if the muscle is hypersensitive or has an active trigger point, the subject may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp, this is known as the “twitch” response.

IS IT SAFE?

Dry needling is safe for pretty much everybody!

However, there are a few exceptions where it would not be the best option for treatment, please see the list below:

-Vascular disease such as DVT
-Diabetes
-Pregnancy
-Children
-Frail patients
-Patients with epilepsy
-Patient allergies
-Over an area or limb with lymphedema

Patients should be aware that dry needling therapy can potentially cause mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.

 

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