What Is Dry Needling?
Also known as Medical Acupuncture or Trigger Point Needling. The technique uses a solid filament (acupuncture) needle to treat muscle trigger points. These points are a highly localised, hyper-irritable spot in a taught band of muscle fibres.
These muscle trigger points play a role in producing and maintaining the pain cycle. They can alter muscle performance, as well as generate pain along common referral patterns. These points develop in muscle for various reasons, including referred or local pain, inflammation, athletic injury or other causes.
The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain.
The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -‘the twitch response’.