As a proven myotherapy procedure, dry needling involves the insertion of a fine filament needle into the muscle. This helps to ease muscular pains and regain its flexing abilities through the release of myofascial trigger points or muscle knots.
During dry needling, the insertion of the filament needle into the centre of a myofascial trigger point sends fresh nutrients and oxygen to the contracted muscle fibres and the eventual release of all acidic chemicals present in the cells. The effect of these is the decompression of the nerve and blood supply.
Why should you try dry needling
By undergoing dry needling treatment, you can effectively treat various conditions. For example, muscle knots, sciatica, joint and spinal dysfunction, migraines, neck and low back pain/tension, and tennis elbow, among others.
Is dry needling painful?
Most times, dry needling comes with no pain, although body responses can be different. You will only feel a slight and very brief sting during the insertion of the needle. Or a quick muscle twitch in the course of the procedure as a result of the needle triggering your myofascial trigger points.
Are dry needling and acupuncture the same?
Both have a couple of similarities but are clearly different. They differ in their foundational theories. Acupuncture works by restoring balance in key body points by restoring energy flow (Qi). Whereas dry needling is more about the restoration of function and easing pains by releasing myofascial trigger points in the muscles.