Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture, however, the process involves rapid, short term needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This will likely occur to tight bands of muscle, called trigger points, located within a muscle. Acupuncture needles are placed into the trigger point in the affected muscle until a twitch is felt in the muscle, aiming to reproduce the patient’s symptoms. More than one trigger point may be needled in a session and the needles are generally not left in place.
As this is a very strong stimulation of the nerve endings, the patient will usually feel a very strong aching sensation and may also feel the twitch response as the trigger point is needled during the treatment. This will sometimes cause post-treatment aching which can continue up to 48 hours after treatment