Dry Needling

DRY NEEDLING

In my clinic, I use dry needling on 80 to 90% of my clients, I include dry needling into my massage treatments, and I may also include cupping and hot stones, I believe in offering each client a combination of techniques in order to get the best result I can. 

COST: only an extra $5 added to your treatment price. 

Having dry needling as another skill I can use to help in the release of trigger points in combination with my regular massage techniques, has been so beneficial to myself and my clients.

Dry needling targets trigger points, which are area of tight taught bands within muscle fibers, they cause pain, limited range of movement and can affect our day to day lives. Everybody experiences trigger points, whether they be latent, meaning; they are only felt with palpation. Latent trigger points if not treated through, massage, dry needling, stretching etc, can turn into an Active trigger point, which are painful, tender to touch and can limit you range of motion.

Dry needling is a very safe and relaxing process. In some cases, a needle being inserted into a trigger point muscle can create a slight ache, but there is no sharp or excessive pain, it may feel as if you accidentally prick your finger. After a dry needling session, you may feel a little tired, as after a rigorous exercise session, but there are no lingering effects and most people are able to continue with their day (including playing sports) as normal.

Many people respond positively to dry needling almost at once, finding that the problem muscles are less taut and contracted, and that they are able to move with more freedom; in some cases, it may take a day or two for the benefits to be felt. Several sessions of dry needling will be required for a lasting benefit to be felt and for the muscle to fully resume normal function. This is because trigger points are often located under deep layers of muscle and so it takes several sessions for the changes in the muscle to take full effect.

Dry needling is therefore a very effective means of addressing a wide range of acute and chronic conditions that cause pain or hinder mobility, and is suitable for treating a number of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, such as: back and neck pain; hamstring problems; headaches; muscular tightness; shin splints; and sporting injuries.

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