Dry needling (also known as trigger point needling) is used to treat trigger points. The needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at the myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to production and maintenance of the pain cycle. When the needle is inserted, very often a local twitch response is experienced. After a dry needling treatment the area in the muscle which has been treated feels much softer and relaxed and the person will feel looser. People sometimes find that the pain they experience when a trigger point is being treated, be it local or referring, is a familiar type of pain or ache that they have.
How is it different to acupuncture?
Dry Needling is a much newer technique than acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas Dry Needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. We have Chartered Physiotherapists trained in both Dry Needling or Acupuncture.