Myofascial trigger point dry Needling is applied using fine needles, safely inserted into the muscles that may cause pain and restrict movement to hypertonic superficial and deep muscles.
The aim is to achieve a local twitch response, which can be described as a spasm of the restricted muscle fibres or as the muscle fibres doing a little dance.
A highly recommended pre and post-remedial massage service for those who feel like they need more of a release, an assessment will be done accordingly and discussed with your therapist.
This treatment is used as an add-on to your remedial massage with our qualified dry needling massage therapist - Lulu Campbell.
Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling FAQs
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of an acupuncture-type needle into the ‘trigger point’ of the muscle. The aim is to achieve a twitch in the muscle associated with reduced muscle tension and pain.
What will I experience?
The needles are very thin, and you may or may not feel the needle enter your skin. If the muscle being needled is tight and sensitive, you will feel cramping or twitch sensation. However, this is very short-lasting, and patients soon learn to recognise this sensation as therapeutic, followed by a feeling of pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is temporary muscle soreness after the treatment. This typically lasts for a day or two, and your clinician will instruct you on how to minimise this. There are other less common side effects, such as bruising. If you have any questions about side effects, please discuss this with your clinician.
How does Dry Needling help?
Dry Needling helps to reduce pressure on the nerve by releasing muscle shortening. It is now well researched that the ‘twitch’ response in the muscle during dry Needling is associated with the muscle relaxing and stopping the pull on adjacent areas.
How often will I need treatment?
Treatments are typically weekly to allow enough recovery time between treatment sessions. However, this can vary. The number of treatments you will require will depend on many things, such as:
Are there any contraindications to Dry Needling?
Before treatment, please inform your clinician if you are pregnant or have any of the following:
What if I have some more questions?
Please discuss any further questions or concerns with your clinician.
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