Myofascial Dry Needling is a very successful medical and Remedial Massage Therapy treatment which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim. Dry Needling is used for the purpose of alleviating pain and improving posture and movement. It is not at all the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique. There is a clear scientific understanding of dry needling.
Dry Needling works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects), and by helping the body heal stubborn muscle spasm associated with trigger points (myofascial effects). There are additional electrical and chemical changes associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process. It is important to see the needles as just one part of your overall rehabilitative treatment.
I have been specifically trained in the various needling techniques. I will choose a length and thickness of needle appropriate for your condition and your body size, and then insert it through the skin at the appropriate place. You will feel a small pinprick. Depending on the type of needle technique I recommend, you may also feel a muscle ache and a muscle twitch. These are all normal and good sensations, and mean that you will experience good relief from your symptoms.
In general, there is very little risk associated with this technique if performed properly. You may have a little bruising around the needle site, much the same as you would with any injection. On rare occasions, people may feel very happy, tearful, sweaty or cold. These symptoms all fade quickly. There are no lasting ill effects of these side effects.
The use of Dry Needling is incorporated into a treatment. I do not charge extra for Dry Needling during a treatment.