Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling is an alternative to massage for treating muscle-related pain, when a “trigger point” in the muscle is targeted as being responsible for pain and dysfunction. Dry needling involves a sterile acupuncture needle inserted into the skin and muscle, directly aimed at a myofascial trigger point. Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The myofascial trigger point response causes a quick pain in the muscle which should then gradually reduce. Some people prefer dry needling to deep tissue massage as they feel it hits the deep tightness more effectively. There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.

Dry needling can be used for a variety of problems in which muscles are thought to be causing pain or problems. This includes neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, tension headaches, buttock pain, leg pain and knee pain. We usually use it in combination with other treatments.

If you wish to have dry needling please discuss with your physiotherapist to see if it is suitable for your problem.

I have suffered with lower back pain for the last 15 years. During that time I have spent many thousands of Euros on Physiotherapy and visits to various Chiropractic Clinics in Dublin and Wicklow. I was never totally pain free during that time so I decided after hearing their advertisement on East Coast Fm to give East Coast Physio in Ashford a try.

I had the opinion up to now that the old saying "if you once have a bad back you will always have one " was true but I now know that this is not the case, as having had only 5 sessions at East Coast Physio I am now pain free for the first time in 15 years. I would like to thank Catherine and recommend their Clinic to anyone suffering from pain ...it certainly worked for me.

Eugene Whelan
Roundwood, Wicklow.