Dry needling is used in conjunction with Physiotherapy and some massage treatments to help alleviate pain and spasm in muscles, trigger point therapy as well as reduce swelling and promote healing. Dry needling stimulates specific reactions in the target tissues for its therapeutic effect. This form of therapy is achieved by utilizing a solid, single-use, sterile filament needle. This differs from the traditional eastern practice of acupuncture as dry needling involves insertion of needles into myofascial trigger points to deactivate and help resolve trigger points (acupuncture involves insertion in needles into specific energy meridians in order to achieve a desired result). We use the word 'dry'as a 'wet'needle is a needle that contains fluid - as used when giving injections.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN DRY NEEDLING?
Following injury or pain, muscles tend to develop trigger points - usually consisting of a small band of muscle which feels knotty. It is sometimes painful when touched, but the pain is often referred to another area of the body. Our therapists (after your consent) can insert the super-fine dry (acupuncture) to help alleviate the trigger point and relax the muscle tissue. We use the finest quality Sensei Japanese acupuncture needles. This part of the treatment usually lasts from 3 and up to 10 minutes. They can be places and multiple areas of the body if needed, and 'stimulated' or 'twiddled' as required to get the most effective result. Dry needling can help many problems such as painful trigger points in muscles, acute swelling after injury, as well as muscle spasm and tightness. Headaches and spinal pain referral from tight muscles can be helped with dry needling and is most effective in conjunction with Physiotherapy, joint mobilisation and remedial massage. Dry needling can also help stimulate healing in the injured tissues.