Myofascial Dry Needling is a safe and effective method of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. It is the art of using needles to deal with trigger points which results in a twitch of a muscle as it grabs onto the needle.
It is in no way, shape or form related to acupuncture. The only similarity between acupuncture and dry needling would be the use of the needles however the methodology behind it is different. Acupuncture focuses on the diagnosis of the problem whereas dry needling is all about finding muscles with hypertenicity and releasing that tension.
It is an invasive procedure where a needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. The trigger point itself is made up of contraction knots which are linked to the continuous pain.
Proper dry needling will cause, what is called a LTR or local twitch response. These LTR’s improve the treatment outcomes. After the muscle twitch’s, it then relaxes further, relieving pain and the restriction of motion.
As inserting the needle can be painful, this is not for everyone however if you can overcome the pain, the benefits are worthwhile. Whilst we are inserting a needle, we are not injecting anything, The pressure from the needle being inserted into the muscle causes a spasmodic reaction and, in turn, relaxes the muscle.
Dry needling focuses directly on the muscle and its aim is to release the built up tension. If you have a problem with tightness within a specific area, we suggest you try dry needling and see if you feel a difference.
We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the process. Please do not hesitate to ask.