Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used by trained physiotherapists that targets myofascial trigger points, which are knots or areas of hyperirritable muscles. The needles used in dry needling are thin and do not inject any substances (hence the term “dry”), unlike acupuncture. The purpose of dry needling is to stimulate the trigger points, promote muscle relaxation, improve blood flow, and release tight bands of muscle fibres.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling Benefits

  1. Pain Relief: Dry needling can help alleviate acute and chronic pain by targeting trigger points that are contributing to muscle tightness and discomfort. It promotes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, providing relief from muscle-related pain.
  2. Muscle Relaxation: The insertion of needles into trigger points helps relax overactive muscles, reducing muscle tension and promoting improved flexibility and range of motion. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with muscle stiffness or spasms.
  3. Improved Blood Flow: Dry needling promotes vasodilation, which increases blood circulation to the treated area. Improved blood flow brings essential nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, aiding in the healing process and reducing inflammation.
  4. Enhanced Muscle Function: By releasing trigger points and reducing muscle tension, dry needling can improve muscle function, coordination, and overall performance. This is especially valuable for athletes or individuals seeking to optimise their physical abilities.
  5. Complementary Treatment: Dry needling can be used in conjunction with other physiotherapy interventions, such as exercise therapy and manual therapy, to enhance treatment outcomes. It can provide additional benefits when integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan.

Dry needling therapy typically involves the following steps

  1. Assessment: The physiotherapist evaluates the patient’s condition, identifies trigger points, and determines the most appropriate areas for needle insertion.
  2. Needle Insertion: Fine needles are inserted into the identified trigger points or tight muscle bands. The technique aims to elicit a local twitch response, a brief involuntary muscle contraction that indicates the release of the trigger point.
  3. Needle Manipulation: The physiotherapist may gently manipulate the needles or apply gentle movements to enhance the therapeutic effects and promote muscle relaxation.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation: The physiotherapist carefully monitors the patient’s response to the treatment, adjusts the needle placement as necessary, and evaluates the overall progress.
  5. Post-Treatment Care: After the session, the physiotherapist may recommend specific exercises, stretches, or self-care techniques to optimize the effects of the dry needling treatment and support the healing process.

Take the First Step Towards Pain Relief and Improved Muscle Function

At Braybrook Physio, we offer a comprehensive range of physiotherapy treatments, including specialized dry needling techniques. Our highly trained physiotherapists have extensive experience in dry needling and are dedicated to providing personalized care to address your specific needs.

If you are struggling with pain, muscle tension, or restricted mobility, dry needling may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Take the first step towards pain relief and improved muscle function by scheduling a consultation with our experienced physiotherapists. During your consultation, we will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if dry needling is suitable for your condition.