Dry needling often referred to as medical acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique which targets myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) around the body. MTrPs are hyperirritable spots found in the soft tissue, which can be palpated and often feel like a painful ‘knot’ in the muscle. When the needle is carefully inserted into the MTrP it creates a local twitch response which reduces the number of pain receptors around this area. It also causes a small lesion which initiates satellite cell migration to the site, these cells repair and replace damaged muscle fibres.
The benefits of dry needling are:
– Pain relief and muscle tightness
– Improves flexibility and range of movement
– Speeds up recovery
– Improves the muscles’s function