What is dry needling?
Dry needling can be an alternative to conventional massage therapies for treating muscle pain and myofascial trigger points.
How does it work and will I feel anything during my needling session?
Dry needling works by using a very fine needle to create a muscle twitch response in trigger points or tight muscular knots. The exact mechanism for how dry needling works is not known but it is thought that both neurological and biochemical stimulation result in muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Generally, a needling treatment is not painful, however sometimes there is a brief and mild pain sensation when a muscle twitch response is elicited. This is a normal reaction and often expected when chronic muscle conditions are treated.
What Conditions are treated?
Dry needling is suitable for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain headaches, tennis elbow, shin splints are some of the more common problems treated.
Dry needling may also be an alternative to massage therapies for those that are unable to relax or tolerate firm pressure.
Is it Safe?
Dry needling is a very safe treatment. The skin is cleaned with alcohol swabs prior to the single-use, sterile needles are inserted. On the rare occasion, there can be minor bleeding at the needling site but this resolves quickly and does not affect the outcome of the treatment. Warragul Chiropractic has a specifically designed sterile room for dry needling and adheres to infection control, hygiene standards, and needle disposal regulations.