Dry needling is a procedure in which sterile, disposable needles are inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point – a painful knot of muscle contraction that is often the cause of the pain or dysfunction. Dry needling relaxes the contracted muscles, taking away the cause of pain and dysfunction. It is used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response is a good and desirable reaction which may feel like a very small, brief electric shock. You may experience a mild soreness lasting between a few hours to a couple of days after treatment. Sometimes relief can be immediate but it may take several treatments to break the pain cycle.
Although acupuncture needles are used, dry needling is different to acupuncture.
Sarah and Tamsen can help you with dry needling.