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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a form of Remedial Therapy that focuses on treating pain and movement dysfunction using fine needles targeted at trigger points. Trigger points are tender points in the skeletal muscles that can cause pain dysfunction and referral pain, also commonly known as ‘knots’. Dry needling can effectively treat muscle pain rooted in the connective tissue, or fascia, and improve blood flow in the affected area.

A very fine needling (0.20mm to 0.40mm thick) is safely inserted into the muscle. The needle induces an local inflammatory response which may activate a local healing process in the affected area. This results in an effective improvement of the body’s normal functioning though its own intrinsic and natural healing process.

A dry needling practitioner is an expert at palpation and uses an extensive knowledge of anatomy to precisely ensure the needles are accurately inserted exactly where they are needed.

Who is dry needling suitable for?

Dry needling is suitable for most individuals regardless of age. However, there are some people who are not recommended to get dry needling treatments:

  • Pregnant women
  • People that do not fully understand the treatment
  • People with a needle phobia
  • People with bleeding disorders or blood borne disease
  • People on blood thinning medication
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese medicine that involves the use of Chinese meridians to help rebalance the body’s natural energy called Chi.

Dry needling is anatomically focused to target muscular trigger points and motor points to release muscle tension and improve blood flow.

What are the benefits of dry needling?
  • Relieves myofascial pain and stiffness
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood flow and oxygen circulation
  • can be used for a wide range of conditions including injury and stress.
  • can be beneficial for both chronic and acute pain.
What can you expect from dry needling?

Prior to the treatment there will be an assessment and review of the client’s medical history to determine if dry needling is suitable. Range of motion of the affected area may be taken to help identify any specific muscular issues.

During the treatment single use sterile needles will be used. The therapist will sterilize the clients skin with alcohol swabs to ensure minimize any risk of infection. The practitioner will then start inserting the fine, sterilized needles into the skin, targeting specific trigger points.

A dry needling session lasts approximately 30 minutes. The practitioner needs to work on uncovered skin so it is best to wear easy to remove clothing and appropriate underwear. Draping with a towel will ensure clients comfort during the session.

Due to the triggering of your body’s natural capacity to heal you may feel some temporary pain, discomfort, tiredness or tingling when you begin treatment. Most of the time, once the needle

triggers the body’s natural relax response you will no longer feel the needles that have been inserted, and this is a good indication to the therapist that healing has begun.

The benefits of dry needling can be felt almost immediately, in the first 24 hours after treatment. For optimal long term positive effect a few treatments spread over 2-3 weeks gives the best results. Although most people report to experience short-term relief after the initial treatment.

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