Dry Needling is a technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points.
MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT RELEASE
WHIPLASH + POST-CONCUSSION HEAD AND NECK PAIN
what are the benefits?
The research is mixed, and not everyone sees the benefit of dry needling. However, in the clinic I have used it to vastly reduce pain and to restore range of motion and function.
what is a myofascial trigger point?
A trigger point is an area of hypersensitivity within the muscle, which when irritated can be very acutely painful in the local area or often referred to another. If you imagine a muscle is like a cylinder full of spaghetti, and a few of your strands of spaghetti have small lumps or nodules on them, which can impact on how the rest of the tissue works, those are how I visualise them. The idea is to stimulate them with the needle to cause them to twitch, flush full of blood and to subsequently relax.
"What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?"
Traditional acupuncture works in a different way by following lines throughout the body (The Meridian Lines) stimulating points on these lines to target different tissues. Whereas Dry needling is, in my opinion, a little more ‘point and shoot’ I will assess the tissue, find the trigger points and then try to release them with the needling.
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"Is it safe?"
Yes, every practitioner should have completed either a dry needling or acupuncture qualification and should, therefore, be able to safely apply the technique. As the needles do pierce the skin, they should all be single used and sterile and disposed of in a hazardous waste bin (yellow box).
"What should I wear?"
Again similar to any manual treatment, the area of skin will need to be exposed and cleaned so something loose-fitting and comfortable, which is not going to disrupt the therapist from performing their treatment.
"When should I get treatment and why? "
Acupuncture and dry needling have been used to treat an extremely wide array of conditions from headaches, migraines, back pain, and repetitive muscular strain to smoking secession, depression, labour pains and menstrual cramps. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it is worth a try!