Dry needling is well recognised as being particularly helpful in musculoskeletal medicine and pain management.
Dry needling involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles tapped painlessly into the skin through a plastic guide tube.
Once in place the needle may cause a localized feeling of heaviness, numbness or tingling. The mechanism of action is not clear but there is thought to be stimulation of very tiny nerve endings which cause changes in blood chemistry and hormones which in turn reduced pain and influences healing.
Dry needling relies on using trigger points for effective treatment. A myofascial trigger point can be defined as a small area within a muscle which after an injury can remain pathological as normal for several years, long after the original problem has healed.
This can cause pain that can refer to other areas, stiffness, tenderness and autonomic disturbances. Particularly painful musculoskeletal conditions, for example migraine, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia and other non specific pain syndromes may be responsive.
Dry needling can compliment physiotherapy, massage, exercise, hydrotherapy and pilates.
Side effects are few when practiced by a qualified health practitioner.
Please contact us for further enquiries regarding dry needling or to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff.