Myofascial Dry Needling

Dry needling involves the insertion of a very fine needle (as used in acupuncture) into a tight bundle of muscle fibers known as trigger points. The needle works to separate the fibers, loosening adhesions and allowing the muscle to lengthen back to its resting state.
It is extremely effective at releasing tight muscles, reducing or eliminating pain, increasing blood flow and range of movement and the re-education of correct neuro-muscular patterns.
But does it hurt?
As with massage the tighter the soft tissue of the body (and the more it needs treatment) the more sensitive the area will be to manual therapies. Many clients who get regular treatment or are not experiencing severe pain cannot even tell if the needle has been inserted or not.
Certainly if your muscle is tight enough to require dry needling then there is a good chance that it will feel uncomfortable however when compared to the pain that would be experienced via massage in order to achieve the same amazing results needling is a much less painful option.
Another benefit of trying needling as a treatment is that ‘post massage soreness’ often experienced after a deep tissue massage is significantly reduced or eliminated.
Many people will experience muscle twitches when receiving needling-this is painless but may shock some people and occurs as the neural pathways carrying pain signals to the brain are interrupted and the muscle is stimulated to relax.
Massage Vs. needling.
If you wanted to book in for a massage but are curious about the needling there is no need to choose, the needles only stay in for an average of 10-15 seconds and massage is performed before, during and after the application of needles so you will not miss out on hands-on time.
How is it different to acupuncture?
Chinese acupuncture involves the same equipment however during acupuncture the needles are inserted into points on the body where energy of ‘Chi” flows and aims to unblock energy channels to affect organs of the body. As stated above dry needling involves placing needles into tight muscles to reduce tight fibers and eliminate pain caused by these knots. Some trigger points do cause referral pain (pain which radiates to other areas of the body) however it focuses purely on pain caused by soft tissue rather than organ dysfunction.