What to expect in
a dry needling
Dry needling is a modern adaptation of acupuncture and is becoming increasingly popular in physiotherapy, it involves inserting a single use fine filament needle into tender areas of the muscle. Dry needling differs from acupuncture as acupuncture is aimed to treat meridian lines in the body, which the ancient Chinese believe can be dysfunctional causing injury/poor health. Dry needling uses the same needles, but are strategically placed by your physiotherapist on palpable painful/ tight areas.
Dry needling stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It increases the body's release of natural painkillers in both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
It is normal to feel some tingling, twitching or a 'odd' sensation as the needles are inserted, however any significant pain is rare. Dry needling can be used to treat most musculoskeletal and bone injuries, and has been shown to treat chronic pain extremely well when used in conjunction with targeted exercises.
Dry needling works extremely well for common issues:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Spine pain
- Shoulder pain
- Leg pain
- Hip pain