Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Injuries, tension, trigger points can all be treated at JT Physiotherapy using Dry Needling.  During dry needlingmovement some muscles contract while others are stretch. Loss of muscle stretch leads to a reduction of joint movement. The type of injury involving the formation of trigger points is known as myofascial pain. This injury gradually builds up. It can last for months and many years causing pain, tension, restricted movement and misery. The pain can vary in intensity from being relatively mild to being very severe. Often the pain increases as the day goes on or whilst at work. The injury may produce referred pain in an area distant to the trigger point. Shoulder pain is usually felt to the side or the front of the shoulder although the injury may be in the muscle overlying or underlying, the shoulder blade.

In the technique known as Dry Needling, a small thin needle is inserted through the skin and moved gently through the trigger point. The goal is to de-activate the trigger point, relax the muscle and reduce pain. Trigger-point Dry Needling is a treatment in which an acupuncture-like needle is used to treat myofascial or muscular pain. Inserting a needle into a muscle to “de-activate” the trigger point may cause a localised “twitch” response. This feels similar to a mild local cramping sensation. The localised twitch response may disrupt the excessive activity from small motor nerve endings causing ongoing muscle contraction, or, activate the body’s own pain inhibition system by stimulating local sensory nerves in the muscle. It has also been suggested that dry needling corrects the levels of pain-causing chemicals present in the affected muscle. It is still very important to identify and address any factors that contribute to the development of pain. Dry Needling is best dry needling kneeused in combination with physiotherapy led interventions and a specific rehabilitation. This is important to help stop the tension, trigger points and pain to build up long term.

If your condition is ongoing/chronic, your physiotherapist may suggest 2-3 successive Dry Needling sessions to help gain control of your symptoms. Some people like to book in for Dry Needling treatment as and when they feel their tension, trigger points or pain build up.

What is dry needling used for?

Dry needling targets trigger points in muscle tissue, and its nerve connections. Conditions where muscle pain or tightness are issues could potentially benefit from Dry Needling. The list includes neck & shoulder tension/pain, headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, shoulder conditions or shin pain.

Are there risks?

There are specific safety precautions that we follow to ensure absolute minimum risk. When any needle enters your skin, there is a risk of infection. Professional procedures and precautions are taken to minimise this risk. It can result in mild aching discomfort for 24-48 hours following treatment. This is a normal post treatment response but it not experienced by everyone. It is a good idea to drink plenty of water, and rest if tired. After your treatment, you may choose to take a day needlesoff from any competitive sports and training.

Here at JT Physiotherapy, we provide superficial and deep Dry Needling for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.





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