What is dry needling?
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a small thin needle into the skin and underlying tissue of a specific area. It is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and may be used as part of your myotherapy treatment in our Richmond clinic.
What is is used for?
Dry Needling is a modality commonly used in myotherapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
It is most often applied to treat trigger points (knots) in muscle tissue and to assist with analgesia (pain relief). At The Musculoskeletal Co. the best results are achieved when dry needling is utilised as just a small part of the myotherapy treatment process rather than a stand alone modality.
How does it work?
There are a multitude of effects, both mechanical and chemical that take place during dry needling. We know that inserting a needle into a painful area can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing the pain. Needles will also stimulate neural pathways which will release naturally occurring chemicals to further modulate pain and assist with the healing process.
Difference between DN and Accupuncture
There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.