What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a technique that uses acupuncture style needles to release muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This is very much an invasive process designed to alleviate chronic and acute pain as well as work to remedy injuries and overuse syndromes.
How does it work?
The needles are inserted into points on the body associated with the pain, restriction or condition. By inserting the needles into the correct points the central nervous system is stimulated triggering a response that results in the releasing or normalising of the fibres.
Why should I get Dry Needling done?
Dry Needling is a very effective tool for relieving chronic and acute conditions. This includes injuries and overuse syndromes. Additionally, effective for those who have completed a rehab plan and still experience restricted range of movement.
How often should I get Dry Needling?
The average number of treatments is three. This will vary on the type of condition and the area of the body. Chronic conditions such as sciatica or frozen shoulder can be five to eight treatments. Everybody is different depending on age, history of exercise, nature of injury or condition and whether the client is engaging regularly in the activity that is responsible/ partly responsible. For this reason I will always discuss in depth the treatment plan with each client and what to expect from each treatment. Feedback from the client is critical in maximising the benefits from each treatment.
How will I feel afterwards?
After each treatment you will feel tender from the effects of the needles. This is normal and can last around 3 days. After 3 days I would expect most people to be feeling “normal” with the added sense of improvement for the area we have targeted. More details on this will be discussed during the treatment and clients are welcome to contact me if they are unsure.
What should I wear?
Loose fitting singlet and shorts are preferred for this type of treatment. Most areas of the body can be accessed while the client is wearing these items of clothing. If this type of clothing will impede the treatment, for example, mid back or gluteals then this can be discussed during the treatment. As a minimum, underwear is acceptable (always with appropriate draping of towels).