What is Dry needling?
Dry needling was first used in Europe in the 1970s. It uses small needles to deactivate the trigger point within the muscle.
Trigger points are tight fibrous areas of muscle, which can impact the muscles performance and often cause pain locally and referred pain.
The needles are inserted into the muscle fibre where the trigger point is located by our qualified therapist.
The therapist may move the needle to find the trigger and usually a referred pain is felt by the client followed by a local twitch response.
This is the way that the muscle releases. After 2-3 twitch responses are felt, the therapist removes the needle.
Gentle stretch or massage helps to relieve any residual pain.
What dry needling feels like?
Client first needs to be comfortable with needles and give consent to the therapist. They are advised of the following:
- At first, may feel a sharp pain
- Followed by a dull local ache
- May reproduce the referred pain that they experience
- May feel a local twitch of the muscle
- May have soreness following treatment for up to 1-3 days.
Why couple dry needling with massage?
If a muscle has not been able to be released, because dry needling is INTRA muscular, it is more effective.
Conversely, if a client is hypersensitive, needling may help to de-sensitise the muscular system.
If a client has good results with dry needling, they may get dry needling 1-2 times per week.
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