Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture, sometimes called 'modern acupuncture', and is used for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. Not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture (Travell & Simons 1999).
How does it work?
It involves sticking fine needles into points on the body, though it is rarely painful. It relieves pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations, which are sent to the brain from damaged tissues and also by stimulating the body's own painkillers (endorphins and encephalins). This pain killing effect may only last a short time at the beginning, but repeated treatment (usually approx 6 weekly sessions) can bring long term benefit, often over a period of 6-9 months.
When acupuncture is added to other conventional therapies, it relieves pain and improves function better than the conventional therapies alone. Dry-needling appears to be a useful adjunct to other therapies for chronic low-back pain.
Dry Needling can be used as a stand alone treatment, or incorporated into an osteopathic treatment or massage.
Who can benefit?
Conditions which respond to dry needling include:
Repetitive Strain Injuries
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