WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE (DRY NEEDLING?)
Dry needling, also known as acupuncture, is a treatment approach that has evolved from traditional acupuncture. It refers to the insertion of a fine needle into the muscles and connective tissues of the body to deactivate trigger points.
Dry needling physiotherapy helps to release these taut bands and to “release” the trigger points which, in turn, alleviates pain. Dry needling also relieves muscle tension, increases the range of movement around joints, and improves circulation to a given area, resulting in a greater healing response.
Dry needling is very effective as it can target trigger points that are deep within the muscles (1-10cm). These points can be very difficult to reach with deep tissue massage and may require multiple treatments. Likewise, dry needling is very successful at reaching chronic trigger points that ‘won’t let go’ with massage therapy.
This form of physiotherapy is highly specialised & requires years of training & practice.