Dry Needling – The Ins and Outs
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a form of Acupuncture, adapted using Western medicine techniques. Instead of using specific acupuncture points on the body as in Chinese Acupuncture, the needle is inserted directly into the trigger point. It is a minimally invasive procedure and aims to stimulate underlying trigger points, muscles and connective tissues in the management of pain by getting a local twitch response. This results in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers.Trigger points are hyper irritable spots within a taut band of muscle fibres, that produce local and/or referred pain. They can be either active – spontaneously painful; or latent – only painful when stimulated.
What Should I Expect in a Session?
Your therapist will palpate the problem muscle for any taut bands and identifiable trigger points. Once this spot has been located, the thin acupuncture needle within its guide tube is placed against the area where the trigger point is located. With the needling hand, the needle is gently loosened from the tube.The top of the needle is then tapped, allowing the needle to penetrate the skin. The needle is then guided toward the trigger point until resistance is felt and a local twitch response is felt.The needle is then focused in this area and/ or neighboring areas by drawing the needle in and out towards the subcutaneous tissue without taking it out of the skin, and then redirecting the needle toward the remaining trigger points. Quite often, numerous twitch responses can be felt.Once the needle has been taken out pressure will be applied directly to the skin over the needle insertion site to aid in the prevention of possible swelling or post needling soreness. The muscle would then be palpated again to reassess for any further trigger points.
Is Dry Needling for Me?
As long as you don’t have a massive phobia of needles, are pregnant or have any other medical conditions such as lymphoedema or open skin wounds and your symptoms indicate dry needling is appropriate, then yes, this treatment is for you!
You can now receive dry needling at our University of Huddersfield Clinic with Rachel, our Sports Massage Therapist.If this is something you are interested in, or would like to speak about the treatment in more detail please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01484 443173 / 07850128386