Trigger Point Dry needling or Dry needling is a treatment we frequently use here at Reflex Physiotherapy and we are often asked many questions about it. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that we are asked about dry needling:
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique aimed at alleviating myofascial trigger points by inserting a fine needle into the muscle. Trigger points can cause pain, limit range and cause dysfunction within the muscle. Is it painful?
Dry needling can cause discomfort presenting as a dull ache and twitching sensation in the muscle. This is a sign of the trigger point being alleviated. This dull ache can last for 12 hours but ultimately leads to a reduction in overall pain after this period. Is it safe?
Yes. Here at Reflex Physiotherapy we are fully qualified in this technique which involves ensuring patient safety is maintained throughout the technique. What are the most common conditions that Dry Needling can help?
Dry needling is very effective in aiding in the reduction of neck pain, frozen shoulder, reducing spasm in the muscles following hamstring and calf strains, reducing muscle tension that can cause knee pain in conditions such as ITB syndrome and patellofemoral pain among a whole host of other muscle related injuries. Does Dry Needling cure injuries?
No. Dry needling alone will not cure your injury. Dry needling is only an effective treatment when combined with a personalised rehab programme.