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.