What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an extremely effective treatment which helps relax muscle tension and aid natural healing within the body. It involves the insertion of sterile single use acupuncture needles directly into myofascial (muscular) trigger points. Trigger points are tight, tender "knots" within the muscle which cause and contribute to pain within the body. Research has shown that inserting such needles into trigger points causes favourable biochemical changes within the body, which release the trigger points and reduce pain. Dry needling essentially aids the body in healing itself by increasing nutrient rich bloodflow to the affected area while also encouraging the release of pain killing endorphins from the brain.
Dry Needling is used to treat a wide variety of injury/conditions but is particularly effective in treating:
- TMJ syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Golfers and Tennis elbow
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle spasm
- Various sports injuries
The benefits of Dry Needling frequently include more than just pain relief, with clients often reporting increased energy levels, better appetite, improved sleeping patterns and reduced stress levels.
Dry Needling is a Western medicine and is extremely safe with only disposable single use sterile needles used in clinic. The needles used are extremely thin, with up to 10 needles fitting inside the head of a standard injection type needle. Dry Needling is not suitable for patients who are taking anti-coagulants (blood-thinners), nor is it suitable for women during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is also not suitable for patients who suffer with:
I am fully qualified and certified in the use of Dry Needling and find it a particularly effective treatment in my clinic. If you have any further questions relating to Dry Needling then please do not hesitate to contact me.