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.
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.
Dry needling can be used among any age or ability, please see examples below of a variety of pain problems which may benefit:
-And many more…
A healthy muscle experiences little discomfort with insertion of a thin 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.
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
-Patients with epilepsy
-Over an area or limb with lymphedema
Patients should be aware that dry needling therapy can potentially cause mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.