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How Dry Needling Relieves Pain and Discomfort

How Dry Needling Relieves Pain and Discomfort


Dry needling is widely used by chartered physiotherapists in addressing acute or chronic pain, but what is it? Dry needling involves the use of solid filiform needles is the treatment of muscle pain. A solid needle in inserted through the skin into the muscle and directed at a mysofascial trigger point. Mysofascial trigger points can be a result of occupational, sports or recreational activities, where overuse of the muscle  occurs and the capacity of the muscle to cope is challenged.

Trigger points are associated with a very tender spot in a tight muscle. There can be a series of contraction knots which can perpetuate the cycle of pain.  It is generally agreed that overuse of muscles or trauma to the area can lead to mysofascial trigger points.  Recovery times can be affected without proper treatment.

How Does it Work?

Research suggests that inflammatory chemicals are present around the trigger point. After dry needling concentrations of these chemicals are reduced. This can have benefits for relieving pain and tightness.  During this process a needle is inserted into the skin, directed at the muscle.  You may feel a twitch, which is in fact what the physiotherapist is looking for. Getting a twitch in the muscle has been shown to be important for reducing pain and tightness.

This treatment can be painful but it is usually a different type of pain to the pain of your injury. There may be some tenderness but the area will feel much more relaxed.  As with many other treatments, there are certain conditions where it is contraindicated.  Check with our certified dry needling practitioners in Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic to see which form of physiotherapy services are right for you.

Will Dry Needling Help Me?

The process of using filiform needles is one which can have benefits for a range of conditions such as:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Anterior Knee Pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Calf & Shin Pain

Contact us at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic where our experts in dry needling can discuss the suitable course of treatment, specifically for your needs.  Dry needling may be an option which can have lasting benefits.

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