– By Aathi Thirunanthakumar, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Croydon Park
WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique that involves a sterile, single-use, long thin needle being inserted into the muscle to reduce pain, stiffness, and improve function.
Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. The main difference is that dry needling aims to release myofascial trigger points, whereas acupuncture focuses on restoring the flow of energy (QI) in the body.
A myofascial trigger point is more commonly known as a knot in your muscle. It is characterised by increased sensitivity (painful/sore when pressed). The build-up of these knots in a muscle body can cause increased stiffness, decreased strength, and decreased coordination of that muscle.