Dry Needling works for
- Muscle soreness and tears
- Back Pain
- Knee pain
- Neck Pain
- Calf problems
- Shoulder problems
I developed this quiz to give you a better idea if trigger point dry needling will be for you. The quiz should only take about 1 minute to do and I can send you information about dry needling afterwards.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is a €10 tester dry needling sessions available. This is the best way to see if dry needling is for you and if it will be effective.
Warning due to demand and availability in the clinic we only offer 5 of these sessions per month. please email with the subject dry needling to see if its available.
Below are the frequently asked questions I have been asked about dry needling.
What does dry needling actually do?
Dry needling involves putting a sterile acupuncture needle into a muscle in order to hit a trigger point and release the tight muscle.
What does dry needling work for?
It works for people who experience tightness in muscles (back ache, neck pain, hamstring tightness, quad tightness, calf tightness)
It also works when a muscle is pulling on an area which in turn causes pain. An example would be achilles tendonosis in the ankle, the tight calf muscle pulls on the tendon causing it to be too tight and eventually causes irritation. Other places it can be very helpful for is hip and knee pain as muscles can pull these joints out of centre alignment and this in turn causes problems.
Finally, it can help with referred pain such as headaches, or again joint pain (I will come back to this again).
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is essentially like a knot in a strand of the muscle. Not only can it cause tightness and stiffness in the muscle it can also refer pain to other areas, such as the head or hip or knee depending on where the trigger point is.
Why use dry needling to fix trigger points?
If you have tried hands on physiotherapy or other techniques and your pain or stiffness is still there then dry needling is a very good option. Dry needling works through improving blood flow. Think of it this way, imagine a muscle as numerous different strands. When we have trigger points it causes knots in these strands. When the knots are present the blood and nutrients can’t get into the area. It is like if we take a sponge, squeeze it tight and put then it in water. The sponge won’t absorb much water because we are holding it so tight.
This is like when we have trigger points in the muscle.
The trigger points keep the muscle contracted and therefore nutrients and blood can’t get into the muscle to cause it to release. The needle works by going in and hitting the exact trigger point. This increases the blood flow to the area bringing extra nutrients and energy which allow the muscle to release (I explain this a lot better in the video above!!).
Is it painful?
It is difficult to say. I think it is when the needle goes in. It is also a strange sensation when you hit a trigger point. I have some patients who agree with me and others do not mind it at all. Most people enjoy the benefits though. I had one patient say ‘those darts you put in my back really did the trick!!
Is it effective?
Yes. For most people with muscular issues or joint pain that is caused by muscular issues it can be excellent. As I mentioned I don’t like the feeling of dry needling but if I ahve pain or tightness I do it to mustelf because I find it so effective.
Is there many methods? I had it before, does everyone do it the same?
I use three different types of methods depending on what is going on. Most therapists only know one way, which in my opinion limits the effectiveness. I am not going to go into detail about the methods here as I spent thousands and numerous years learning them so I don’t want to give them away on a webpage!!
What should I do now?
There are 3 things you can do, the first is take this one minute quiz to see if dry needling will help you HERE
2.Email email@example.com or call 0852207889 and request a special price €10 tester session to see if you find
3. Book an appointment and we will do the best method of dry needling PLUS other techniques to improve your pain and stiffness.