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Dry Needling, Does It Work? How This Time-Tested Method Sticks it to Muscle Pain

Updated: Oct 19


If the thought of lying on a table and being poked by tiny needles makes you feel uneasy, you’re not alone. But a growing number of people – from athletes to people with injuries or chronic pain – swear by its ability to provide sweet relief for intense muscle pain and mobility issues.


Dry needling trigger point therapy has been used for decades, but it’s become an increasingly popular drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.


It’s almost always used as part of a larger pain management plan that could include exercise, stretching, massage and other techniques, but it can play an important role in muscle recovery and pain relief.


Dry Needling is often applied to muscles with trigger points, alleviating the trigger point itself and the taught band associated with it. There are a number of Dry Needling techniques that can be used to alter the state of the tissue; hence the technique will vary according to your presentation.


Also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is an alternative medicine technique similar to acupuncture. It involves the use of either solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.

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Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points, but it is also used to target connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular ailments. It is a technique used to treat dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize peripheral nociception (pain), and improve or regulate structural or functional damage.


Dry Needling Versus Accupuncture


Is dry needling accupuncture? No, but it is very similar. The same needles are used, however accupuncute is more superficial on the skin, going no deeper than 1mm, where as with dry needling, you can go anywhere from 30mm to 100mm deep into a muscle.Dry n eedling benefits compared to accupuncture is that you can dry needle pretty much any muscle in the body, where as with accupuncture, you target more pressure points instead of trigger points.


Dry Needling How Does It Work?


A technique that is very well suited to use for a range of presenting musculoskeletal conditions.

Whether you're a Office worker, tradie, elite or amateur athlete. Giving great results to acute and chronic conditions.


The aims of dry needling is to decrease local muscle tightness and tension that has been identified by the initial assessment. Resulting in dysfunction where the body is not ready to benefitted from other manual therapy techniques. Dry needling is a far more precise and specific approach in order to decrease hypertonic muscle tension and pain.


Past experience have shown that there are specific areas that respond extremely well to dry needling and the result's are normally quite different to hands on treatment options.


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