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Dry Needling

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems, neuromuscular dysfunction, muscle imbalances and pain syndromes. Therapy is specifically aimed to help with muscular pain, myofascial pain syndrome, hypertonic and tender muscles, overuse injury, painful tendons, tender ligaments and more.

Many muscular related conditions are thought to be a primary contributing factor to pain and other related symptoms. These conditions include, but are not limited to neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer's elbow, headaches, migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain, pelvic pain, leg pain, sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms.

Dry Needling Helps With (but not limited to)

  • TMJ & Jaw pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint inflammation
  • Back pain
  • Sore or stiff neck
  • Low back pain
  • Sinus symptoms
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Joint pain
  • Tissue swelling
  • Muscle tension anywhere in the body

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

No, usually our practitioners will endeavour to make the process as painless as possible. At times, the patient may feel a mild twitch or tenderness when the needles are inserted into the skin, and for a few hours afterwards, however the process is considered less painful than remedial massage therapy when applied to extremely tender areas or when a patient is sensitive to touch.

Benefits of Dry Needling

  • Pain relief
  • Promotion of healing
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased circulation of blood
  • Provide instant muscle release
  • Return of correct biomechanics
  • Increased strength and functionality of muscle tissue
  • Can be used on hard to release muscle areas and groups (muscle strain, tendon injuries, TMJ)

What Is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the use of either solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, to be inserted directly into the trigger points and muscle bundles to act as a stimulant from underneath the skin.

The process of dry needling, either with or without Myotherapy Massage will help to increase circulation and blood flow, thus speeding up repair of the area and its surrounding tissues.

What Does Trigger Point Dry Needling Do?

Dry needling of a trigger point will elicit an involuntary reflex in the muscle fibres which forces blood, oxygen and inflammation into the muscle. In turn, the nerve endings in the muscle will be stimulated, resulting in a reduction in pain and release of tension in the muscle.

It elicits the same response as with non-invasive trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage. Please ask one of our friendly staff for more information or book online today!

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