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Dry needling, sometimes known as western acupuncture, is an adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture using current scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

What does it involve?

The treatment involves the insertion of very fine (.22 - .3mm diameter) stainless steel needles into skin. The needles cause intramuscular stimulation and neuromodulation which results in the release of tissue tension and pain.

Usually the insertion of the needle is not even felt.  Occasionally there may be a local twitch response in the tissue when the needle is inserted and this may provoke a brief pain response – similar to a scratch or a static electric shock.  During treatment patients commonly experience a feeling of localised relaxation.  Following a dry needling session there may be some muscle soreness for 24 - 48 hours.  Drinking plenty of water usually reduces the soreness.

What is it used for?

  • Pain relief
  • Treating strains and sprains
  • Treating trigger points
  • Decreasing muscle tension
  • Improving range of movement