Dry-Needling can form a very useful part of your
treatment. Here we educate you on what it is and how it works!
When you come in for a treatment, you may be feeling 'sore,' 'stiff' or 'tight'
in a particular area of your body, which is giving you enough discomfort. These
areas of soreness can be referred to by us as a trigger
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within a muscle that give rise to
referred pain and tenderness. Often these are the areas which most people refer
to as a 'knot' or painful spot on the body.
If these tight
spots are left untreated, they can alter the way a muscle should work and in
the longer term cause more pain in the affected area as well as other muscles.
Our bodies are excellent at finding ways to cope if we lose the function of a
involves inserting a thin acupuncture needle into a 'trigger point' and leaving
it in place for a few minutes, or we may chose to locate the trigger point and
then move the needle around to reproduce the pain you have been feeling, in an
attempt to deactivate the trigger point.
When the needles go in, usually the client will not feel much pain as the
needles are very fine. If you do experience a lot of pain on insertion, please
let your Myotherapists know immediately.
Your therapist will often remove the needle and reinsert it so it does not
cause you pain on insertion.
You may experience a dull ache from the needle, but this is a good response as
it is working on your trigger point. Dry needling of a number of trigger points
can be done in one session, with pain relief lasting three to four days after
one session, and then any sessions after this it will continue to improve and
relief will be longer until it goes 100 percent.
One theory is the
body is very good at recognising a foreign object in the body (i.e. the
needle). It will deal with this foreign object by sending more blood flow to
the area to flush away the object, this increase in blood flow may be what
alters the pain and intensity of a trigger point by almost flushing it
Another theory that exists is the gate-control pain theory whereby when the
needle is inserted into the muscle, the body's natural immune system is initiated promoting blood flow to a specific area. With tens machine we activate contraction in the muscle creating more blood flow to the area. Also overload of the central nervous system blocks and overrides the pain signal going up the spinal thalamic tract.
If you have not
experienced Dry needling and think it may work for you, next time you are in,
discuss this with your Myotherapist. All the needles we
use are single use needles, all individually wrapped and sterile, alcohol swabs
are used to clean the skin before and after the needling to eliminate any
bacteria. Gloves are worn too.
Please always let your Myotherapist know if you have any
blood clotting issues or illnesses that may make the use of needles not
appropriate for you.