Acupuncture? Dry Needling? What is it?

Acupuncture? Dry Needling? What is it?

Hi everyone, this is my first time blog for Crest Health Physiotherapy and I wanted to share my knowledge on dry needling and acupuncture with you from some common questions we are asked in clinic.

What is it?

Well, acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and involves the stimulation of acupoints through the body which are believed to be all inter-related. It is the belief that stimulation of these areas helps maintain a balance within you body between good and bad energy or Qi.

Dry needling is the Western medicine take on Acupuncture. Dry needling involves a physiotherapist placing needles into tight, painful and unhappy areas of your body to reduce your pain and discomfort.

These areas generally are located within your muscles but can also be in your tendons and ligaments too. How does it work? Dry needling works much like getting a massage. By creating a minor discomfort with the needle in the unhappy region of your body, the pain that you’re feeling is then blocked via mechanisms in the brain and spinal cord. This then provides you with a window of relief to then allow you to work on preventing the pain from coming back.

What does it feel like?

At worst dry needling feels like a tiny scratch when the needle is inserted. Depending on the region of the body and from person to person, you may feel an exquisite feeling of release or a localised twitch within the muscle. Immediately after treatment the region will have reduced pain. Later on in the day you may develop a feeling of heaviness, fatigue or a generalised minor soreness. Do not worry – this is completely normal and is a part of the healing process.

Is it safe?

Dry needling is very safe when conducted professionally. Here at Crest Health Physiotherapy our physiotherapists have undertaken extra training in dry needling. As a result, we are well practiced in the safe insertion, manipulation and withdrawal of needles.

So if you know somebody that would benefit from dry needling then book an appointment today.