What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a treatment that involves a very thin acupuncture needle being pushed through the skin in order to stimulate a trigger point.
What is a trigger point?
Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia (connective tissues) surrounding skeletal muscle. When pressed, trigger points feel like "knots" or tight bands in the muscle, and are usually very tender and often refer or reproduce pain in well-documented patterns throughout the body.
What are the benefits of dry needling?
Dry needling provides relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase the range of motion. That's why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain.
Does dry needling hurt?
It can, but as always our aim is to minimize discomfort. The manipulation of the trigger point will cause an electric impulse through the muscle and fascia providing a release deeper than that of traditional massage manipulation. You may feel a short pulse through the muscle, similar to a light electric shock - but this is generally the worst of it.
How is dry needling combined with a massage?
Utilizing the dry needling techniques we are able to quickly loosen the ‘knots’ that have developed deeper in the muscular system. Once these are released we are able to manually manipulate to achieve quicker results than with massage alone.
Is dry needling for me?
Everyone is different, some people respond amazingly to dry needling, some people not at all and some people hate the thought of needles and so are not interested in trying. The decision is yours, if you say you don't want to experience it we will respect that.
Which therapists offer dry needling?