Dry needling is a form of therapy used to release muscle trigger points with the help of fine sterile stainless steel needles.
A muscle trigger point is a painful knot that forms in skeletal muscle. It usually forms in taut muscle bands causing tenderness and reduced range of motion.
Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?
No, while both dry needling and acupuncture make use of similar tools (a sterilised fine filament needle) the technique and mechanism differ.
Acupuncture is a practice used to promote healing by allowing the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Dry needling, on the other hand, works by releasing knots in tight muscle fibres.
What conditions can benefit from dry needling?
You can benefit from dry needling if you have any of the following health conditions:
- Muscle injury
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder, neck, hip and back pain
- Heel or general foot pain
Is dry needling painful?
No, dry needling is not painful. There is some discomfort relating to this technique. The results generally outweigh the discomfort.
You may feel a slight pinch as the needle is inserted into your skin, but the main feeling is when the needle stimulates the muscle creating a Local Twitch Response
Is dry needling safe?
Yes, dry needling is very safe providing the practitioner is qualified to deliver this technique and that they follow safety protocols.
In some rare cases, one may experience minor bleeding but it can easily be stopped by applying some pressure. Bruising may occur in some people but it is not painful and should resolve within a few days.
Are there any side effects of Dry Needling?
When performed by a qualified professional, dry needling is very safe and does not have any negative effects on the body.
At Rub, a number of our practitioners are qualified to deliver this technique and well-trained so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
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