Over the past 15 years, this technique has become extremely popular. Dry needling is also known as myofascial trigger point therapy. Therapists use thin, solid filiform needles to treat dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize peripheral nociception (pain), and improve or regulate structural or functional damage. The release is associated with a muscle twitch. Easing of your trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Trigger points may develop during occupational, recreational or sports activities when muscle use exceeds the muscles capacity to handle stress, disturbing normal recovery.
Are needles re-used?
Never. Sterile needles are opened, used and disposed of in front of the patient. Therapists take cleanliness, hygiene and safety very seriously.
Is dry needling painful?
Often, patients will experience a mild, dull ache during treatment and up to 24 hours post treatment. Some discomfort is experienced during the rapid ‘twitch response’ but this discomfort is minimal and last only a few seconds. It is normal to have mild to moderate muscle soreness after dry needling treatment. Drinking lots of water, stretching, moving your body and heating the sore muscles can reduce the duration of the soreness. Side effects include mild muscle soreness and bruising in some patients.
Whats the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Acupuncture derives from Eastern Chinese medicine and the needles are inserted into points studied on the body’s meridians. The fundamental belief of acupuncture is that illness is the result of blocked or interrupted chi. Chi provides your body with healing energy. Acupuncture seeks to remove these blockages and return your energy flow to a state of balance.
Unlike acupuncture, dry needling is a western technique which uses an “in-and-out” technique, which means the needle does not stay in the selected area for long. The needle is inserted to release a trigger point and moved in and out if the skin.