Recently, as some of my client are already aware, I have completed a Dry Needling Course and am now able to practice Trigger Point Dry Needling. This is something I have been wanting to study for some time, but it has taken me much research to find a course I felt provided the professionalism and extensive learning that I would feel comfortable with.
Dr Wayne Mahmood from CPD Health Courses are extensive and provided the level I was looking for. The 80 hour Introductory and Advanced Dry Needling Course included 60 hours of online learning and an intensive weekend face to face course. The techniques taught focused on best practice for Trigger Point and critically identified safe practices.
So what is Dry Needling and what are Trigger points?
In short Dry Needling is a treatment that involves a very thin acupuncture needle being pushed through the skin in order to stimulate 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 may 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 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?
No… well, yes it can! Like any treatment that is beneficial there is no real gain without some pain! The needles are very fine and cause a small prick, but as always our aim is to always minimise 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.
How is dry needling combined with massage?
Utilising 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.
I look forward to answering any questions you may have regarding trigger points and dry needling and if appropriate, using the techniques to assist in faster recovery and achieving your training goals. Dry needling will be incorporated into sessions as appropriate and will not attract further charges.