What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into muscles. This causes a response in the muscle, called a muscle twitch response, followed by muscle relaxation which reduces tightness and pain.
Although dry needling uses acupuncture needles, it is not a form of acupuncture, and the exact mechanism for how it works is still unclear. However we do know that it stimulates the release of hormones and natural chemicals in the body that decrease pain, cause relaxation of the muscle and increases the range of movement.
When is dry needling used?
Dry needling is offered as a drug free method of reducing muscle pain and tightness. It is usually used in conjunction with stretches and exercises to help maintain the length of the muscle and build strength.
Is dry needling painful?
This depends on the person with some patients complaining of a sharp sensation as the needle is inserted, while others feel nothing at all.
Depending on the muscle and indication for treatment, the needle is either removed straight after insertion, left in for a while, or twisted and moved around.
After treatment you may experience some residual soreness, and the area may feel bruised. This often lasts for an hour or two, but may persist for a few days.
How much does it cost?
Dry needling is included in your consultation fee.