Do you suffer from painful muscle knots? Fed up of living with neck pain, lower back pain, migraines, sciatica, or other painful muscle and joint conditions?
Dry needling may be the pain free solution to get you moving with confidence again. Dry needling is a procedure that involves putting very thin needles in specific areas of the body to relieve pain.
While it may sound counterintuitive to treat pain with needles, we encourage you to keep an open mind as you read on to learn how you could benefit from dry needling.
How Dry Needling Works
Muscles in the body sometimes develop what are called trigger points. These are highly sensitive areas that can be very painful when touched. Trigger points sometimes cause referred pain, which is a pain in other parts of the body.
Dry needling involves pushing very thin stainless-steel needles into the trigger point areas to stimulate the tissue and desensitise it, thus relieving myofascial pain (just a fancy way of saying muscle pain). No medication or fluid is injected during the treatment – that’s why the name dry needling is used. The therapy works by changing how the muscles and the brain communicate, allowing the body to return to more normal, pain-free movements.
If you suffer from pain and muscle tightness, dry needling treatments will help release pressure and tension and reduce inflammation in the area, giving you pain fast relief. People who play sports and want larger, more fluid movements in their joints can achieve an improved range of motion with dry needling. If you have suffered an injury, dry needling can also help speed up the recovery process.
What Does Dry Needling Feel Like? Is Dry Needling Painful?
Dry needling is not painful. You may experience different sensations
like mild muscle aching, soreness, or muscle twitches when the physiotherapist inserts the needles. These are good signs because they indicate the appropriate muscles are being targeted and the tension is being released.
The needles stay in for anywhere from a few seconds to 10 -15 minutes, depending on the type of pain you have and how long you have had it. Our experienced physiotherapist can also place the needles superficially or more deeply to treat various types and levels of muscle pain.
Dry needling is a safe procedure and any potential side effects are minor and very rare (e.g. very light bruising or bleeding at the needling site, temporary soreness, or a short term feeling of fatigue which passes quickly).
Dry Needling is a safe and effective treatment to relieve muscle pain and movement restrictions.
Dry Needling Benefits: Why It Can Work for You
If you’re wondering what are some of the specific aliments that dry needling can help assist with, please read the following list. Some of the conditions that can benefit from dry needling include:
- Muscle pain
- Joint problems
- Spinal disk problems
- Migraine headaches
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint or jaw pain)
- Wrist pain from carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Pelvic pain
- Post-herpetic neuralgia after shingles
That’s quite a list of ailments where dry needling may be able to reduce, or even resolve, any painful muscle movements!
Dry needling is safe, effective and it treats your pain at the source. This minimally-invasive clinic-based therapy allows you to live a pain-free life without the use of medications or surgical procedures.