Dry Needling is a very successful treatment which uses thin needles to achieve its aim and they do not contain any form of medication.
This form of treatment is used to treat muscle pain and dysfunction, sinus problems and some nerve problems. It is very different from acupuncture which forms a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dry Needling is a western medicine technique which needs a medical diagnosis and has a clear scientific understanding, carrying no spiritual 'baggage' as acupuncture may do.
Dry Needling works by altering the way in which your body senses pain and by helping the body to overcome stubborn muscle spasms. Chemical and electrical changes that take place within the tissues assist in the healing process.
Our therapists have been specifically trained in the various techniques and will choose needles of differing lengths to suit your specific condition and body type. You may feel a small pinprick and depending on the chosen technique, you may experience a muscle twitch, local or referred pain. All of these sensations are good and normal - they mean that you should experience good relief from your symptoms.
There is in general very little risk associated with Dry Needling, provided that it is performed by a trained physiotherapist. You may at times have a little bruising around the site, as with an injection. Treatments around the shoulder, neck or chest areas carry a small but possible additional risk involving your lungs. If the lung itself is punctured, you may develop shortness of breath in which case you need to go to the nearest hospital. This is no reason to panic as treatment for this highly unlikely complication is very successful.
Shoulder and Arm
Elbow and Forearm
Wrist and Hand
Upper Back and Chest
Hip and Thigh
Knee and Leg
Ankle and Foot
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