DRY NEEDLING TREATMENT
Dry Needling Treatment (DNT) is a very effective technique for treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including neck and back pain, ‘tennis elbow’, iliotibial pain syndrome (running syndrome), Achilles tendonopathies, and referred spinal pain.
Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture but based more on muscle points rather than acupuncture points. Treatment involves the insertion of solid, filament needles, usually in and around Myofascial Trigger Points. Myofascial Trigger Points have been described as ‘hyper-irritable spots within a skeletal muscle’.
How does a Dry Needling Treatment feel?
You might feel a slight pricking sensation when the needle first touches the skin. As the needle construction is very fine, the discomfort is minimal. When the needle contacts a trigger point some people feel the muscle “twitch” or deep aching, or it may feel like the muscle has tightened or “cramped”. Referred pain is another common phenomena, as every trigger point has a common referral zone, often quite a distance from the actual trigger points.
If a strong referral sensation occurs, don’t panic!! This is a good sign that the needle is doing its job. Some people can also feel drowsy or light headed after DNT.