Dry Needling is a treatment that targets myofascial trigger points to relieve pain. A trigger point is defined as a taut band within a muscle that is hypersensitive and irritable. A trigger point can cause pain that can refer to other areas and also results in stiffness, tenderness and other problems. It is about 3-6mm in diameter and occurs when the muscle is restricted and results in an increase of fluid between the muscle fibres.
Dry needling may be an effective treatment for:
Treatment involves inserting a fine needle (usually about 0.2mm) through your skin and muscle and into the centre of a myofascial trigger point of an area where you’re experiencing pain. Once inserted, your therapist will gently rotate the needle, which will cause the local fibres to twitch and you could feel a deep ache at the trigger point or referral area. This simple technique has proven to be an effective method for ensuring pain-free motion. If you’re enduring an acute or chronic condition, it’s possible to notice significant changes after just 3-5 treatments.