What is dry needling?
Dry needling is the practice of inserting a solid filament (acupuncture) needle into the skin and directly into a myofacial trigger point which is located within the muscle. Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked.
Why is the muscle causing pain?
A muscle in spasm becomes a damaged muscle as there is a reduction in blood flow. This reduction in blood flow leads to a reduction in oxygen and nutrients entering the muscle. Muscle fibres then die off and are replaced by fibrous scar tissue which leads to the tightening of the muscle and continued spasm and pain.
What dysfunctions does it work on?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of chronic and acute musculoskeletal problems, such as;
- Hamstring strains
- Back pain
- Calf strains
- Muscle spasms
- Sciatic pain
- Shoulder pain
- Repetitive strain injuries