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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a core service of any Myotherapy appointment.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is treatment that uses fine needle also commonly used in acupuncture. Your Myotherapist may use dry needling in conjunction to other Myotherapy techniques when they see fit.

Dry needling is form of myofascial trigger point where it targets specific tight spots on the muscle belly to help alleviate pain, tension, and spasm. Furthermore, it helps improve blood circulation, nerve conduction, the strength of tendon and ligaments, and aid better stimulation on the reflex mechanism within the area.

When would dry needling be beneficial?

A variety of conditions treated by Myotherapist would benefit from dry needling. The following conditions respond well to dry needling:

  • Wry neck/ neck pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis/ golfers elbow
  • Muscle strain 
  • Joint sprains 
  • Sciatic pain
  • Chronic pain conditions

It is painful?

The interpretation of pain is subjective to different patients. In most cases, the needles are so refine that more patients do not really feel when the needle penetrate through the skin. 

The most common respond and reaction after the needle pierce through the muscle would be tiny twitching/ stingy sensation. Usually, the feeling will subsides in couple of seconds. The sensation indicates if the needle was targeted to the right spot to help muscle relax. 

Will I feel sore after?

Majority of patients respond well to dry needling treatment, however there may be some patients who feel slight soreness post treatment, just like any other form of manual therapy. Usually it takes 24- 48 hours to resolve soreness after treatment.

Is dry needling similar as Acupuncture? 

The tools being used for dry needling and acupuncture are essentially acupuncture needles. However, the goal of the treatment differs where dry needle targets trigger point spots to stimulate tight muscles. For acupuncture the primary focus is on the channel of the meridian points based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice.

Practitioners who offer this service: