Dry needling has become a popular form of treatment used for muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Many people often refer to dry needling as acupuncture although they are not the same thing.
Dry Needling is NOT Acupuncture and they are not as closely related as many suggest.
They are the same in that both techniques involve insertion of single use sterile needles into soft tissue. The purpose and results of the treatment are the major differentiating factors.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine based on the bodies energy (qi) meridians. As well as treatment with needles an acupuncture treatment can also use moxibustion (dried plant materials being burned on or near the skin) and cupping.
Some examples of what Acupuncture assists in the management and treatment of are
- Menstrual pain and related issues
- Hormonal disturbances
- Quitting smoking
Dry needling is part of Western medicine. We use the same needles although they are inserted into trigger points in the muscles.
Dry Needling can assist with (and is not limited to)
- Reduction/elimination of headache
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Releasing trigger points
- Reducing pain
There are different methods that can be used with dry needling, some are more aggressive whilst I use a gentle method. I have found that allows better results as many find the aggressive techniques painful.
To create the most effective and longest lasting results; dry needling is best combined with massage.
As the dry needling releases the trigger points in the muscles the soft tissue is more relaxed. This allows the massage to work on deeper muscles creating more effective results.
As we know a phobia of needles is one of the top phobias worldwide.
If you have read this far, it probably doesn’t affect you too much. You may still be assured to know that while many expect pain with the needles, it is never as bad as expected. Sometimes there is only minor sensations yet there can be substantial results.
We offer Dry Needling as part of a Remedial Massage session. I trained in Dry Needling in 2012 and have been using it regularly in my treatments since then. If you have any further questions please contact me.