Dry Needling uses Acupuncture needles for the treatment of chronic radiating pain caused by Trigger Points.
What is a Trigger point?
A Trigger point is another name for a nasty knot in the muscle. The Trigger point causes the muscle to shorten, leading to discomfort and pain.
If you wake up in the morning and can’t turn your neck, or move your head … you can blame the little Trigger point!
When a Trigger point is acting up it can cause pain referral. The brain gets confused as to where the problem is coming from.
For example a headache can be pain referral from tension in the shoulders.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is the use of Acupuncture needles directly over and into a Trigger Point. On hitting a Trigger Point the muscle will twitch/jump. This localized twitch response shows change has occurred and the needle has done its work. As demonstrated in the video below.
Its called dry because the needle is not hollow or injecting a solution.