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Dry needling is a skilled treatment technique that uses a thin filiform needle to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry Needling works by a complex series of neurological events:
Dry Needling can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:
With active trigger points you may get a ‘twitch’ response followed by a deep dull ache that eases within 2-3 minutes. You may have a dull ache around the area being needled for 24-48 hrs as the muscle goes through the stages of healing. You should feel an immediate change in your symptoms, i.e. decreased muscle tone, decreased pain and increased joint movement.
Dry Needling is usually only a part of your treatment session as it is most commonly used in conjunction with other ‘hands on’ treatment techniques.
If you have a painful ‘niggle’ that just doesn’t seem to want to go away why not call the clinic and ask one of our experienced physiotherapists about dry needling and how it could be of benefit to you.