What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an invasive treatment which involves the insertion of fine needles with no injection (“dry”) to relieve muscle pain and increase blood flow. Dry Needling changes the way your body senses pain by targeting trigger points to stimulate the nervous system. It has shown to be a highly effective treatment for headaches, back and neck pain, muscle spasms, sciatica, acute or chronic injuries and a variety of other conditions.
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
Whilst both involve the insertion of fine needles into tissue, the intended treatment is quite different. Acupuncture is based on the traditional theories of Chinese medicine and aims to manipulate the flow of energy in the body in order to heal various ailments. Whereas Dry Needling is a medical treatment based on the studies of Western Anatomy as treatment for musculoskeletal problems.
Will Dry Needling help my condition?
There are many patients who would benefit from Dry Needling, particularly if they’re experiencing ongoing pain. Dry Needling can often be a more effective treatment than massage as it targets muscular trigger points directly. Sterile, specialist medical needles are used, meaning the treatment is completely safe. Dry Needling is not intended to be a painful treatment and patients should only experience a ‘pinprick’ upon insertion. If the affected area is sore and heavily knotted, patients may also experience a slight cramping sensation. Several of our Osteopaths are professionally trained in Dry Needling and may recommend this treatment for you after a consultation.