What is it?
Dry needling uses fine filament needles. Achy and stiff muscles can have tight spots a.k.a ‘trigger points’. If a muscle develops these trigger points then the nerves around the muscles become over-active and create tension through the blood vessels, joints and soft tissues. Dry Needling can remedy this by releasing the trigger points and relaxing the muscles. It improves blood supply and helps the nerves conduct better. It aims to lessen any muscle pain or spasm and get things moving again.
The Difference From Traditional Acupuncture
When a needle hits the right spot, there is usually a muscle twitch in response. It is important to distinguish here between Dry Needling (DN) and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. The difference to you the patient is that a small number of very fine needles are inserted deep and directly into the muscles as opposed to just under the skin. Dry Needling practitioners are efficient in finding precise trigger points.
What does it treat?
Dry Needling can treat a number of conditions such as:
- Postural Issues
- Chronic/Long Term Pain
- Sports Injuries