Dry Needling is a very effective Myotherapy treatment whereby a fine filament needle is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing local muscular pain and improving function through the restoration of a muscle’s ability to lengthen and shorten normally by releasing myofascial trigger points, also known as knots in the muscles.
When the needle is inserted into the centre of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle trigger the contracted muscle fibres to relax by providing those fibres with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.
Is dry needling right for me?
Dry needling is a very effective treatment for:
- Muscle Knots
- Pain management
- Low back pain/tension
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Spinal dysfunction
- Joint dysfunction
And much more!
Does it hurt?
Most people don’t find dry needling painful, but people can respond differently. During the treatment, you may feel a small sting as the needle is inserted. However, this feeling should last no longer than a second before settling. A brief muscle twitch can also be felt during a dry needling treatment. This may happen when the needle is triggering the myofascial trigger points.
The difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
Although there are similarities between the two techniques, dry needling and acupuncture are not the same. The main difference is the theory behind the techniques and why they work. Dry needling mainly focuses on the reduction of pain and restoration of function through the release of myofascial trigger points in muscle. In comparison, acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through key points in the body (meridians) to restore balance.
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