Dry Needling uses the same type of needles, but they are directed at active trigger points, the tender points within muscle. If you feel the muscles of your neck and shoulder, you will no doubt feel points of tenderness and tightness within the muscle, or trigger points. These points represent dysfunction within the muscles. Dry needling can be applied directly into the trigger points, which may give a dull ache sensation in the muscle, which eases gradually over several minutes as the needle is left in place. Dry needling may also involve the movement of the needle within the muscle tissue, or “pecking”. This technique creates a stronger sensation, however is very effective in relieving excessive muscle tightness.
All the therapists at Strathalbyn Physiotherapy are trained in either Acupuncture or Dry Needling, or both!