Dry needling is a technique that uses small (solid) needles to target and treat trigger points (knots or taut bands in the muscle) to alleviate pain within the muscles. It is a quick and effective technique that can produce great results. The needle does not inject anything in to the body, hence the term “dry”.
The question on everyone’s mind: What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?
Same same but difference you say? Whilst both acupuncture and dry needling involve inserting a needle in to the body to relieve pain, acupuncture (based on thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine) aims to open up the flow of Qi (or energy) to help treat various health conditions. Dry needling, put simply, targets specific “sore” points of the body ie. trigger point = irritable muscle = insert needle here = pain relief
How Does It Work?
A small solid needle is inserted through the skin and in to the muscle where the trigger point is. It is left for a small period of time to give the muscle time to respond. You may experience some sensations such as a muscle twitch, which is your body responding to the needle. After removing the needle your trigger point will have released and your muscular pain will be reduced.