What is Dry Needling ?
Dry needling is a relatively new technique used by physiotherapists. It uses thin needles to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle spasm/tightness. Nothing is injected into the body with the needle(dry needle) The needles used are sterile single use only needles. It is proven to be an effective way to treat myofascial pain (muscle pain).
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupunture?
Dry Needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling is a Western Medicine technique, whereas Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What are Myofascial Trigger Points?
Myofascial trigger points are tender nodules in a taut band of muslce which are generated by overuse, overstretching or overloading of a muscle. There are 2 types of trigger points:
- One that causes pain and symptoms the patient recognises. These will be reproduced with pressure on the trigger point.
- One that is only tender when pressure is put on it. The patient will not recognise this as their pain.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Most people do not feel the insertion of the needlle but then may feel a dull achy feeling. You may then feel a jump in the muscle called a local twitch response.The local twitch response will elicit a very brief but painful sensation.
How does it work?
The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known. However it is known that inserting the needling into the trigger point causes favourable changes in the biochemical make-up of the trigger point.
Can everyone have Dry Needling?
If you are pregnant, have cardiac arrythmias, are on anti-coagulant drugs or allergic to nickle you would not be suitable for dry needling.
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