Dry needling is a treatment technique involving needling introduced to your skin and the soft tissue below, aiming for trigger points in your muscles
What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The application techniques are similar, using stainless steel needles inserted into musculoskeletal tissue.
Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine centred on the body’s energy and meridian points, transferring blood flow to alternative areas to alleviate pain.
Dry Needling on the other hand is focused on targeted release of trigger points and muscle knots found in musculoskeletal tissue, effectively causing a controlled inflammatory response in the tissue and to promote a healing environment.
What can dry needling or acupuncture help with?
- Restore muscle function
- Heal muscle and tissue damage
- Reduce pain and stiffness
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Improve sleep
What are the risks?
As with any physiotherapy treatment, potential risks are involved (although the likelihood is very low!). The most common side effects include: bruising, bleeding and temporary soreness.