With all the different kinds of health professions and a wide range of treatment techniques it sometimes gets confusing understanding what treatment does what and which is more effective. Today’s blog provides a short outline on dry needling and how it works.
Dry needling (different to traditional acupuncture) can be used on a range of musculoskeletal conditions by inserting acupuncture needles into tight painful myofascial regions called “trigger points” to elicit a healing response in the tissues or by inhibiting pain responses by inserting the needles deeper.
The acupuncture needle used is very thin and most patients don’t feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels minor discomfort with needle insertion but sensitive tight muscles with active trigger points will experience a muscle cramping sensation called a ‘twitch response’, which helps deactivate the trigger point and relax the muscle.
Dry needling alongside manual hands on therapy has been proven to be effective in providing pain relief, relaxing muscle spasm and decreasing inflammation.
Our physiotherapists at bounce are all specially trained in dry needling and western acupuncture for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction so feel free to contact one of our friendly staff with regards to any questions or interests in receiving dry needling.