The aim of Dry Needling is to reduce muscle pain and dysfunction by releasing tight areas in the muscle known as myofascial trigger points.
These are tender nodules within taut bands of muscle. Normal muscle does not contain these taut bands.
These trigger points can develop as a result of overload in a muscle, overuse due to poor postures or repetitive loading, or when the body is stressed and tense.
Dry needling directly treats the body’s neuromuscular system. The needles used are “dry” meaning they have no ability to inject or withdraw fluid & this technique was first described scientifically in the 1970s.
Dry Needling is used worldwide by manual therapists to treat orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. It aims to:
- Improve joint mobility
- Reduce muscle tightness
- Decrease pain and irritation
- Ease tension and headaches
- Facilitate return to full functional activities
Dry Needling can treat the following musculoskeletal problems where the muscles are thought to be the primary contributing factor to the symptoms:
- Neck and back pain
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Buttock and leg pain
- Hamstring strains
- Knee pain
- Chronic Calf tightness and night-time cramping
- Foot and heel pain