What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a treatment which uses very thin (acupuncture) needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim. Dry needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems and some nerve problems. It is not at all the same as acupuncture, acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique.
How does it work?
Dry Needling works by changing the way your body senses pain and by helping the body heal stubborn muscle spasms associated with trigger points. There are additional electrical and chemical changes in the body associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process.
The length and thickness of needle appropriate for your condition and your body size will be used inserted through the skin at the appropriate place. During the needling treatment, it is important not to move until told to. You will feel a small pinprick and depending on the type of needle technique chosen by your therapist, you may also feel a muscle ache and/or a muscle twitch.
The needle remains in for a period determined by the practitioner and may at times be agitated before being removed. It is normal to feel sore for 24-48 hours after treatment, while the body heals itself. It is important not to exert yourself in this period, gentle stretching is allowed.