Dry Needling

Dry Needling is where a fine needle or acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle

Dry needling is a treatment whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament acupuncture needle is inserted into the muscle to decrease pain and improve movement of the muscle fibres through the release of a myofascial trigger point or ‘knot’ in the muscle. This helps to decrease the contraction of the tight muscle fibres and increase blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrients to the muscle, thereby restoring the fibres’ ability to expand and contract with the rest of the muscle fibres.

Dry needling is a relatively pain-free modality, and you do not generally experience the ‘pricking’ sensation you normally get when having a blood test or donating blood. The reason is the extremely fine size of the needles. Given they are not hollow to transfer fluid/blood (hence the term ‘dry needling’), the thickest needle is only 0.3mm thick. Matched with our teams’ unrivalled skills in the application of the dry needle, pain is minimised. You may feel an occasional sensation or twitch in the muscles as the myofascial trigger point is stimulated.

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