Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry needling is implemented in conjunction with myotherapy or remedial massage treatments. It is a skillful technique using fine needles inserted into areas causing tightness and pain. It is intended to specifically target and restore muscle function.
It helps alleviate pain, increase mobility and enhance range of motion and activate injured muscle tissue.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dry needling targets trigger points or "knots" in tight muscles. A super-fine needle induces injury signals to the brain. The brain initiates a healing response to repair the damaged tissue. The needle causes the muscle to relax, inflammation is decreased and circulation is improved.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes. Needles are fine filament, stainless steel (acupuncture needles).
All needles are individually wrapped, sterile, disposable and single use.
WILL IT HURT?
Generally the insertion of the super-fine needle is not felt. You may experience a slight "twitch" (muscle contraction) as the needle enters the trigger point - this is a good and desirable reaction - it means that we have reached the target tissue and the muscle is about to relax.
The "twitch" response has been described as tingling/slight sting/cramping/dull ache.
WHAT WILL IT FEEL LIKE DURING TREATMENT?
During the treatment patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. This is a sign that the technique is working
WHAT WILL IT FEEL LIKE AFTER TREATMENT?
Feelings of drowsiness and fatigue are common.
Some muscle soreness (DOMS) may be felt up to 28-72 hours.
You may experience nausea or light headaches after treatment.
You may feel as if the needles are still in place.
These are all normal reactions.
* Reduces muscle tension/strains
* Improves muscle recovery and
* Back/neck pain
* Shoulder pain
* Tight hamstrings
* Shin Splints
* Tennis/Golfers elbow