Manual Therapists around the world are now using this technique to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Trigger Point Dry Needling is a treatment technique, which uses small filament type needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. Manual Therapists around the world are now using this technique to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Our Physiotherapist Adam Smyth is fully qualified in trigger point dry needling and continuously assists with his patients rehabilitation and pain.
Dry needling is a very safe form of treatment, in our clinic we are trained in using a safe and clean technique. We fully steralise the area of the patient and use packaged, single use needles.
If you are interested in a dry needling consultation, book to see our Physiotherapist Adam Smyth!
How Dry Needling Works
Trigger point dry needling is a treatment that uses fine filament needles to reduce muscle tightness and symptoms of pain and irritation.
Previous research has found that inflammation and pain within a muscle produces chemicals that causes an active trigger point. Trigger points not only effect the muscle but also the surrounding joints and nerves causing pain and dysfunction.
It has been proven that dry needling causes a local twitch response within the active trigger point of the muscle fibre, allowing for a reduction in the spontaneous electrical activity and a reduction in the bad chemicals present. We liken this process to restarting your computer. The release from the dry needling improves muscle function, decreases pain and inflammation and improves range of motion.
It is normal for patients to feel a tight cramping sensation or twitching of the muscles during treatment. They then feel a significant improvement in their symptoms and a long-lasting decrease in the ache / pain.
Dry Needling can be used for many different conditions including neck pain, migranes, muscles tightness, pelvic and hip pain, tendinitis, back pain and many more.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Both trigger point dry needling and acupuncture use fine filament needles, but that is where the similarity stops. Acupuncture is a more superficial treatment. The needles are placed along the body’s energy pathways (meridians) which is thought to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy, or QI, through the body.
Trigger point dry needling is a deeper treatment that targets the neuromuscular system. The needles are inserted into the trigger points of tight muscles. This elicits a feedback response to inhibit that muscle from spasming.
Utilising trigger point dry needing in manual therapy practice allows the patient and the therapist a hastened return to strengthening and exercise that results in a faster return to function and improved maintenance of that dysfunction.
We believe that dry needing is very effective in short term and immediate pain improvements. Our staff take a lot of care in making you feel comfortable and making sure you understand the process and purpose of dry needling and how you can benefit from it.