Dry needling is used in physiotherapy to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as muscle pain and tension. It involves inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points in the body, known as trigger points or myofascial trigger points.
The needles used in dry needling are similar to those used in acupuncture, but the techniques and goals of the two practices are quite different. While acupuncture is based on the concept of energy meridians in the body, dry needling is based on the principles of neuroanatomy and modern Western medicine.
During a dry needling session, your physiotherapist carefully inserts needles into the targeted trigger points. This can cause a twitch response, which may feel like a brief muscle contraction or a deep ache. This response helps to release tension and increase blood flow to the affected area, restoring proper muscle function.
Dry needling can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, sciatica, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff injuries. It can also be used to address muscle imbalances and improve athletic performance.
When performed by a qualified and experienced physiotherapist, dry needling is generally safe and well-tolerated. The needles used are sterile and disposable, and your physiotherapist will take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure.
If you’re interested in learning more about dry needling and how it can help you manage your pain and improve your physical function, contact us at our clinic to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists.
During a dry needling session, the insertion of the needles into the affected muscle tissue can cause some discomfort or pain, particularly when the needle hits a trigger point or a taut band of muscle fibres. However, the sensation is typically brief, lasting only a few seconds, and many patients report feeling only mild to moderate discomfort during the procedure.
It’s important to note that the discomfort experienced during dry needling can depend on several factors, including the individual’s pain threshold, the severity of the condition being treated, and the skill and experience of the physiotherapist performing the procedure. At Next Step Physio & Concussion Clinic in Edmonton, Canada, our physiotherapists are highly trained and experienced in performing dry needling. They will take every step necessary to ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure.
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