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Dry Needling

The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a ‘Trigger Points’. Dry Needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, with very few side effects.

What is a trigger point? 

A myofascial ‘trigger point’ is a hyperirritable point in the skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable knot. This area becomes painful at the site and can also radiate in predictable patterns.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

The objectives behind the use of Dry Needling by therapists are not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern Dry Needling by therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Does it hurt? 

Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The local twitch response may provoke a brief pain sensation that been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

A variety of musculoskeletal problems including:

  • Acute/Chronic injuries,
  • Headaches,
  • Neck/Back pain,
  • Tendinitis,
  • Muscle spasms,
  • Sciatica,
  • Hip/Knee pain,
  • Muscle strains,
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow,
  • Overuse injuries.