What Is Dry Needling? Though similar to the application of acupuncture, these two therapies differ mainly in philosophies. Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles while acupuncture dates back thousands of years in ancient Chinese Medicine. Dry needling has been found to be greatly effective in the treatment of trigger points.

Why Be A Pin Cushion? If you’re after some fast relief from a trigger point’s painful referral pattern, and would rather avoid your therapist’s thumb and elbow of pain, dry needling might be something to try. It’s also been found effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries such as neck pain, tennis elbow, sinus issues, headaches, joint pain, RSI and more. Dry needling also has the benefit of very little “post-treatment soreness” which is often experienced with deep bodywork. How Does It Feel? The needles used are extremely fine and bare no resemblance to the common idea of a needle – the dreaded hypodermic needle (used for injections). You’ll usually feel a light prick followed by a tingling or dull sensation when receiving dry needling. Some areas can be more painful, while in others, you won’t even notice anything is sticking out of you. The needles will be left in for a few seconds or longer, depending on the desired affect. Clients describe dry needling treatments with “heaviness in limbs”, “a pleasant feeling” or of “general relaxation”. Give It A Try If you’re going to try dry needling, it’s important you do so with a competent, knowledgaeble therapist with plenty of experience. Side effects are rare, but you don’t want an inexperienced therapist sticking needles where they shouldn’t. Dry needling is starting to become popular among some doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors, and is taught as standard to musculoskeletal therapists. Ask to try dry needling in your next treatment with one of our musculoskeletal therapists at Skeletal Harmonics.