Dry Needling

Located in Success – Cockburn

Dry Needling is incorporated into your Remedial Massage appointment.

Dry Needling can also be referred to clinical or western acupuncture (but is in no way your traditional acupuncture). Solid acupuncture needles are used to enter the skin and tissue below.

The benefits of Dry Needling:

  • Promotion of local healing
  • reduction of pain
  • restored muscle function
  • has a calming effect and an improvement of well-being

Here are the basic steps of Myofasical Dry Needling:

  1. When using dry needling techniques for the treatment of trigger points, the therapist will palpate the target muscle for a taut band (or area of tense muscles) thereby confirming the trigger point that needs to be treated.
  2. The needle is typically in a tube and it is fixed with the non-needling hand against the trigger point using a pincer grip or flat palpation depending on the location and orientation of the muscle. A palpation is when the therapist feels with their fingers or hands to pinpoint areas of tenderness. With the needling hand, the needle is gently loosened from the tube and the top of the needle is tapped or flicked by the therapist, allowing the needle to penetrate the skin.
  3. With Dry Needling, the needle is guided toward the trigger point until the therapist feels resistance or notices that the patient has a local twitch response. A local twitch response is a spinal cord reflex that creates an involuntary contraction that can be triggered by a snapping palpitation or penetration with a needle. When the patient has an involuntary twitch response that suggests that the needle has hit the right spot.
  4. When the needle has located the trigger point, as suggested by the local twitch response, the therapist will focus on this specific area or other neighbouring areas.
  5. The needle can stay in place for a certain period of time or can be redirected back toward the layer of tissue directly under the skin without taking it out of the skin and then back towards the trigger point. This can continue for a few minutes until local twitch responses have stopped or the patient can no longer tolerate the needling at that site.
  6. When the needle is withdrawn from the skin, pressure is then applied directly to the skin over the insertion in order to aid in the prevention of possible swelling or soreness.

Is Dry Needling acupuncture?

Dry Needling is not acupuncture and too many times we hear people say it is. Yes it is similar to acupuncture in the sense we use acupuncture needles. But acupuncture can treat the liver, spleen, meridian points and acupuncture points. Acupuncture requires years and years of training, Dry needling is working specifically on soft tissue (muscle/Trigger Points) and treating muscular skeletal problems.

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