Dry needling is a treatment technique in which a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle is inserted into myofascial trigger points (knots in a muscle), tendons, ligaments or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response.
Dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention that has been known to aid in the healing and treatment of neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and many others. Dry needling is not acupuncture of Oriental Medicine.
What Are The Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. Dry needling eases trigger points by stimulating blood flow and circulation and improving oxygen to muscles. By easing trigger points, dry needling may improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
What Will I Feel?
During dry needling you may feel a slight sting as the needle is inserted and removed; however, this discomfort shouldn’t last more than a couple of seconds. Sometimes during the treatment, you may experience muscle twitches as the needle is inserted into a myofascial trigger point.
Will I Have Any Side Effects?
Every form of treatment can carry associated risk. Before undergoing dry needling, your Enhance physiotherapist may ask you a few questions regarding your health and any relevant medical history to ensure you are suitable.
The most common side effects that may occur are;
- Small bruising
- Spot bleeding
- Temporary soreness
Can I Exercise After Dry Needling?
It is recommended to avoid strenuous or high impact activities immediately after dry needling. This is to allow the body time to recover and to maximise the benefits of the treatment. It is advised to continue your normal daily routine or activity.
Our Enhance Physiotherapists may use dry needling as part of your treatment plan to assist in reducing or managing your pain and healing.