What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim.
Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle and connective tissue problems, sinus trouble, headaches, and some nerve problems.
It is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique.
There is a clear scientific approach to dry needling, and it works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects), and by helping the body heal muscle spasm associated with trigger points (myofascial effects).
There are additional electrical and chemical changes associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process.
It is important to see the needling as just one part of your overall rehabilitative treatment.
Dry needling is not a miracle cure and it is a normal part of physiotherapy. It is vital that you do the exercises and follow the advice your therapist gives you in conjunction with the needling for optimal recovery.