What is dry needling?
A question that a Myotherapist get’s commonly asked.
Dry needling is the insertion of a very fine acupuncture needle into the Trigger Point (the contracted point of the muscle). The needle stimulates receptors in the muscle and nervous system which instruct the muscle to relax. It is a different technique to Acupuncture, though it uses the same very fine needles.
How does Dry Needling work?
Each of our muscles have thousands of mechanoreceptors built into them, the mechanoreceptors let our brain know what our body is up to: tight, stretched, stressed etc. The needle over stimulates the mechanoreceptors in the tight muscle and the receptor instructs the brain and central nervous system to let the muscle relax.
Does it hurt?
Some brief discomfort is usually felt in the muscle during dry needling. Needling doesn’t sting like an injection does due to how fine the needles are. Once the needle is in the trigger point of the muscle, a dull pressure is usually felt. Most patients that have had dry needling say that it is more comfortable than deep tissue massage. If you have a fear of needles or are overly anxious about needles then your therapist will not use the technique.