Dry needling is the practice of inserting a sterile acupuncture needle beneath the skin with the objective of muscle relaxation for restoration of function. Dry needling is the term distinguishing the practice from 'wet needling,' or typical injections for various medical uses. Acupuncture, a form of 'dry' needling, relates to particular acu-points and is a commonly used technique in many Asian cultures.
Dry needling, as it is commonly used in Australia, relates to myofascial trigger points and dysfunction. This involves the skilful palpation of trigger points and altered myofascial regions, insertion of the fine acupuncture needles and subsequent tissue response. The sensation may vary depending on the region being addressed but may include warmth, electrical tingling or fullness.
A myofascial trigger point is a section within a muscular unit that, due to dysfunction, has resulted in a bundle of fibres in spasm and is often hypersensitive. By insertion of an acupuncture needle, blood flow is stimulated and inhibition of the muscle can occur. It is a very effective technique for relief from acute and chronic painful conditions when used in conjunction with other treatment options by your physiotherapist. Your Physiotherapist can discuss this further with you at the time of treatment.
Dry Needling is a favourite among many amateur and elite athletes as well as patients with various conditions. At RHP Physiotherapy, Dry Needling is just one option in an array of methods we may use to help return to doing what it is you love to do.