Dry Needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle).
How does Dry Needling Work?
Dry needling works by desensitising and deactivating myofascial trigger point. When a needle is inserted into an active trigger point, a twitch response can occur which causes an increase in blood flow and the area of tight muscle to relax. This process will help to stimulate a healing response, reduce pain and restore optimal muscle function.
Is it safe?
Dry needling is a safe procedure and is commonly used by physiotherapists. Some mild muscle soreness can occur temporarily after treatment. Other less common side effects will be explained by your treating physiotherapist.