Dry Needling can be used to treat pain, caused by injuries, by inserting dry needles into trigger points which encourages tight muscles to relax. It can be useful in the treatment of both chronic and acute injuries. Our chartered physiotherapists are trained in dry needling and we offer this in conjunction with our regular physiotherapy service.
Dry needling penetrates a muscle into a trigger point (basically a knotted section in a muscle belly), with the goal of eliminating the trigger point to restore normal muscle length and tension.
Occasionally trigger point therapy with the hands is not as effective as desired, so we use a needle to penetrate deeper right into the heart of the issue.
Dry needling can also be used to unload and de-tension a generally tight muscle group, such as tight calves or hamstring, through deregulation of the neural system to cause muscle relaxation. Dry needling can also be used to stimulate a healing area, namely ligaments, which can promote blood flow and hence tissue healing.