What is it?
Dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture but targets different points and is based around different principles.
The mechanism of action is not clear but extensive research has shown that dry needling stimulates very fine nerve endings in the body. This causes a local pain blocking effect and also results in the release of pain relieving hormones from the brain, which induces changes in blood chemistry to further reduce pain and potentially influence healing. The insertion of needles into tight muscles also has a local relaxation effect.
Dry needling can complement other manual therapy such as osteopathy, physiotherapy and massage. Some people have a dramatic response to dry needling and so it should not be a “last resort” therapy. Dry needling may also be combined with other treatment techniques such as stretching exercises, manual therapy, Pilates strengthening
What is involved?
Fine (sterile / single use) needles are tapped virtually painlessly into the skin. After insertion, the needles may be stimulated – either by twisting manually or using electrical stimulation. A feeling of heaviness, numbness or tingling may be felt in the area.
side effects are few but most commonly may include minor local redness and occasionally minor bruising after treatment. The use of sterilised disposable needles eliminates the possibility of cross-infection. Melissa has undergone post graduate certification in the use and safety of inserting needles.