What is Dry Needling used for?
Myofascial dry needling (also known as Dry Needling) is a technique that our Myotherapist uses. Dry Needling can be utilized to help alleviate pain, increase the range of motion of a muscle, and assist in improving the overall health of a muscle. Myotherapists place the needles into specific points in the muscle known as trigger points. They do this with the aim of accessing twitch responses to reduce muscle tension.
Is Dry Needling safe to do?
Myotherapists are all fully trained and qualified in Dry Needling. Their excellent knowledge of anatomy, ensures the safe application of the technique, providing excellent patient outcomes. Dry Needling is a highly effective and low-risk technique that is becoming more widespread than ever before.
Myotherapists are regularly asked if Dry Needling is the same as Acupuncture. Both of these techniques have many similarities, however, they are not the same. For more information, see Dry Needling vs Acupuncture. (Next blog post to come)
Being informed during Dry Needling
- For best results, it’s important that you hydrate well prior to dry-needling.
- It is common for muscles to twitch whilst the trigger point is being treated.
- Generally, you may feel a dull ache or heavy muscular sensation.
- When the practitioner is moving the needle, a slight increase in pressure could be felt.
- Communication is key, and your Myotherapist will constantly be focusing on the needles, and your response. You will be notified as to when the needles are going in and out.
- There is a chance that the needles may leave a little bruise or tenderness.
- Very rarely do you bleed during this technique. If bleeding occurs, there will only be a small droplet.
- The needles will stay in the muscle for no longer than 10 minutes.
- A Myotherapist may use anywhere from 1 to many needles per treatment depending on the muscle.
If at any time you are feeling uncomfortable or want the needles to be removed, your Myotherapist will do so immediately upon request.
Being informed after Dry Needling
- Staying well hydrated will allow the recovery process to be quicker.
- It is normal for the area to be slightly tender or aching.
- Once the post needling sensations dissipate, pain is likely to have decreased, and muscular range of motion is likely to have increased.
If you have any concerns or questions about Dry Needling, please don’t hesitate to contact your Myotherapist or anyone here at Kew Chiropractic Centre.
Brendon Lang, Myotherapist
Kew Chiropractic Centre
1/696 High Street, Kew East