What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling involves the gentle insertion of fine needles into the tight or knotted part of a muscle: commonly referred to as a myofascial trigger point. The aim of dry needling is to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with these trigger points and tight muscles by promoting release or relaxation of the tissue.
The needles used are sterile and high quality, incredibly fine. They range from 0.16 to 0.30 millimetres in diameter and are single-use. It is rare for any bleeding or bruising to occur at the point of insertion.
The dry needling technique involves needle is gently inserted into the tense muscle at the trigger point, carefully manipulated to achieve the therapeutic effect, and then removed after a short period.
Dry Needling at The Whole Body Clinic
At The Whole Body Clinic, dry needling is typically used in conjunction with a range of other hands-on treatment techniques to enhance the effectiveness of the needling and to improve the recovery afterwards.
Dry needling can be an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal dysfunctions in all areas of the body. When it is used as part of a comprehensive and thorough treatment plan, dry needling can provide:
- reduced pain
- greater joint range of movement and flexibility
- improved muscle activation
- increased tissue healing following injury
Dry needling can be used to treat conditions affecting most parts of the body. It is commonly effective at shifting chronic musculoskeletal conditions that have proven difficult to treat. Common conditions that we can use dry needling to treat are:
- jaw or TMJ disfunction
- neck pain
- rib and thoracic pain
- acute and chronic shoulder injuries
- tennis and golfer's elbow
- lower back pain
- plantar fasciitis
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