dry needling

The benefits of dry needling

With the summer season coming to an end, the cooler months ahead will have many left with tight and sore muscles. So much so that even a normal remedial massage/myotherapy treatment can be quite uncomfortable. If you’re finding massages too uncomfortable at the moment consider giving dry needling a go.

What is dry needling? Dry needling works by inserting a very thin needle (same needles as acupuncture) into a tight band of muscle or a knot to illicit a twitch response. This lets us know that the needle is in the right location. The area then begins to have a dull achy feel to it as the muscle begins to reset to a more normal resting length. The needles may be left in the muscle for a number of minutes and/or moved to a new area to ensure the muscle continues to unravel thereby bypassing the more physical massage treatment. Once the needle is removed the area may continue to ache for a few hours and once that has settled down over the next 24-48 hours, the range of overall pain free movement will have dramatically increased.

This will allow you to get back to doing all those activities you love to do a lot sooner. And right in time for the warmer weather!