What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions.
Not to be confused with the oriental practice of acupuncture, dry needling is being used successfully by physiotherapists who are suitably trained in this technique and has become increasingly popular over the years as a form of pain management.
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What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a modern, science based intervention that can loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, improve blood flow and oxygen circulation within the body. This brings results for those who are trying to optimize sports performance, recover faster from injury, or prevent issues from becoming chronic.
As a modality employed by your physiotherapist as part of your overall treatment plan, dry needling can be used to treat pain and dysfunction in a range of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Neck and low back pain
- Shoulder impingement
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis