Dry needling is a commonly used technique within physiotherapy to reduce pain and improve muscle function. Dry needling involves placing a very fine needle into a muscle that is tight and tender to touch. When the needle is inserted it may cause the muscle to twitch which is completely normal and this results in the muscle relaxing. The beauty of dry needling is that it can be used on almost anyone!
Dry needling can be used for a variety of pain and injuries:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Tendon pain
Dry needling can:
- Reduce pain
- Improve movement
- Improve muscle function and:
- Ultimately improve your quality of life.
As physio’s we see a lot of people with low back, neck and shoulder pain and headaches. This is often as a result of long periods sitting or standing in front of a computer resulting in the surrounding muscles becoming tight and painful. Sound familiar? Dry needling is a great adjunct to regular physiotherapy treatment to isolate and release the tension allowing the muscle to return to normal resting length and pain to reduce.
It is not just good for office workers…..
Athletes also respond very well to dry needling. With summer upon us you might have started training or increased your current training load.
With this comes increased fitness but also muscular tension, tightness and tendon pain can occur. If your finding that foam rolling and tennis ball release isn’t enough. Dry needling can be an effective targeted solution to ensuring you get the most of your desired sport.
To learn more about the benefits of dry needling call us to speak to an expert.