Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling involves the insertion of a filament needle into a specific area of an injured muscle, commonly known as a trigger point.

Trigger Points

Trigger points are hyper-irritable locations within a muscle which can give rise to pain and decreased function. Essentially the trigger point will present itself as a ‘knot’ in the muscle. When a muscle develops an irritable trigger point it can cause compression on the surrounding blood vessels, nerves and joint structures, which in turn inhibit the normal functioning of the muscle. By inserting a filament needle into a specific trigger point location it increases blood circulation to promote healing, reduces the associated muscle pain and tension, relieves muscle spasms, and stimulate the nerve roots to restore muscle function. Our patients have also reported associated benefits of dry needling, such as increase in appetite, improved quality of sleep and increased energy levels.

What does Dry Needling session feel like?

Most patients generally do not feel needle insertion. Some patients may feel a slight twitch or cramp in the muscle initially, however patients normally experience a feeling of relaxation and reduced muscle tension.

Conditions that Dry Needling can help

Dry Needling can be used as a treatment method for a variety of different musculoskeletal injuries. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Repetitive Strain Injuriesdry-needle
  • Hamstring strains
  • Shin splints
  • Knee Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Leg pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Buttock pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nerve Pain

 

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