Ever wondered what all the hype is about Dry needling? It’s also known as Myofascial trigger point dry needling and works by carefully inserting thin acupuncture style needles into trigger points which are the cause of neuromuscular dysfunction, resulting in pain, reduced function or increased stress on surrounding structures.
Our therapists use a segmental needling technique, also called western acupuncture. Western acupuncture, as the name suggests, incorporates some common points from the Chinese meridian lines but apply them with “western” reasoning in relation to anatomy and neurophysiology. These points are stimulated to create or enhance local, spinal supraspinal or sympathetic effects.
During a procedure, needles are inserted to elicit a local twitch response to release the trigger point to help restore normal function. Needles can either be left in for a few minutes or the therapist can use a “pecking” technique to release trigger points. Depending on the size or location of the trigger point a strong twitch response (or multiple twitch responses) may be felt or a dull aching sensation, which gradually subsides over time. Following the release of the trigger points it is important to restore normal function to the muscle with correct movement patterns or activation exercises.
If you have tried stretching, massages or self-trigger point releases and you’re not getting anywhere, come in and let one of our therapist see if dry needling will work for you.