WHEN OTHER FORMS OF MUSCLE RELEASE JUST CANT GET DEEP ENOUGH
Dry needling, sometimes referred to as ‘clinical or Western acupuncture,’ is a technique whereby fine sterile needles are introduced into the skin and tissues below. The term ‘dry needling’ is used to differentiate it from an ‘injection’ where something is injected into tissue with a syringe.
Dry needling is used to target and restore muscle function, by improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. This is important as continued activity with poor muscle function may lead to further tissue damage and increased pain.
Dry needling is not meant to replace conventional medical procedures such as physiotherapy or surgery. However, when combined with other treatment options, dry needling can assist in pain reduction, healing and the restoration of normal tissue function.
The exact mechanisms of dry needling are complex and not fully known. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the positive effect of needling on the electrical and chemical communications of the nervous system. These include inhibiting the transmission of pain signals in our spinal cord and increasing the release of our own pain relieving chemicals within our brains. The pain relieving effect of dry needling is gaining strong support in mainstream Western medicine.