What is dry needling?
Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture, where needles are used as a part of your physiotherapy treatment and put into different places within the body.
In Acupuncture, needles are placed in specific points within the body for various reasons. In dry needling, the needles are placed within muscles to release trigger points to help with muscular pain and dysfunction.
Trigger points are tight areas of muscle, which can form due to pain, poor posture and movement pattern or repetitive movement.
What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
Needling promotes blood flow to the area, bringing oxygen to injured tissues, helping to reduce inflammation and swelling. Dry needling also promotes the release of pain-relieving endorphins, reducing the pain levels and therefore the need for pain relief medications. It can also help release trigger points within the muscles which may be causing your local pain or any referred pain in other areas of your body.
Dry needling can help to treat a range of musculoskeletal injuries such as; lower back pain, chronic headaches, knee pain, shoulder impingement and sports injuries.
For more information, speak to your physiotherapist on your next visit to discuss your options for treatment.