What is dry needling from a Physio?
Dry needling is a safe and easy way to ease sore spots in muscles. A thin needle is inserted into the muscle and used to stimulate a pathway response to the brain to reduce an area of soreness. The theory of dry needling is quite complex, however it is known to positively influence the electrical and chemical responses of our nervous system.
Needling can be safely applied to most muscles of the body, including the deeper muscles, which are sometimes hard to stretch or don’t benefit from massage or foam rolling. Dry needling insertion is usually pain free but sometimes the local twitch response of the muscle may be sore or unexpected for a brief period of time.
Dry needling from a Physio is not acupuncture. Dry needling is a Western application based around muscle trigger points and myofascial tension, which uses acupuncture needles.