Needling & Cupping


What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling involves use of a fine acupuncture needle, into the trigger point of a muscle. The aim of Dry Needling is to illicit a twitch response which causes the muscle to contract slightly and then release, thereby relieving the pain the trigger point was causing.

Does it hurt?

When a needle is inserted into a healthy muscle there is usually little discomfort. In the case of tight muscles and those with active trigger points, there may be a little sting or feeling of a cramp which is the twitch response. Sometimes the pain that brought you to the clinic in the first place is reproduced by the needling. This is a good sign that your therapist has located the source of your pain and is treating it effectively by deactivating the trigger point and restoring normal length and function to the muscle.

How can it help me?

Dry Needling can generally help to break down tight muscle, trigger points and sources of pain for patients quickly and easily. It is sometimes quicker and less painful than massage or cupping. Consider dry needling if you suffer from any form of muscular tension, any pain that travels, pain in your hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, upper back, lower back, buttocks, hips, hamstrings, quads, calves or feet.

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Chinese Cupping

What is Cupping Therapy?

Plastic cups are placed on areas of tightness such as upper back, lower back or shoulders. A pump is used to create a vacuum inside plastic cups, which pulls the tight muscle into the cup and gives it a good stretch. This lengthens and releases tight muscles whilst increasing circulation to the area to further relax the muscle.

What does Cupping feel like?

Cupping feels similar to the gentle suction of a vacuum cleaner on the skin. The cups are left on the body for around 5 minutes and the area can feel warm as the blood flow to the area increases and relaxes.

Will cupping leave marks?

Cupping will leave a round pink-dark mark on the surface of the skin, which generally takes 2-5 days to clear. This is due to the increase in circulation to the area; cupping does not damage or break the skin.

How can it help me?

Cupping can be very beneficial for stubborn tightness in the upper back and shoulders and to release built up tension in the lower back and hips. It can be used to release tight ITB, a common complaint amongst sporting enthusiasts and cyclists. Your therapist can incorporate Cupping Therapy into your remedial massage treatment to free areas that may be too sensitive to massage or too stubborn to respond to touch alone.

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