What is Dry Needling?
Sore muscles are often involved in physical complaints. Dry Needling is a new treatment method within physiotherapy where muscles are punctured and therefore relax quickly and for a long time. An acupuncture needle is used for this. The big difference with acupuncture is that acupuncture is based on an “energetic concept” in which meridians and energy play an important role. Dry Needling is a physiological reaction of the body when the “trigger points” are stimulated.
What is een trigger point?
A trigger point is a cramped spot in a muscle that often causes radiating pain in addition to local pressure pain. The treatment focuses on switching off the trigger point.
what does Dry Needling feel like?
You hardly feel the insertion of the needle. If the trigger point is punctured you will feel a very local muscle tension. You can experience this as a kind of convulsion. After that the muscle relaxes and can move more easily. Often the treated area feels a bit tired and / or stiff, but this is usually short-lived.
For which complaints is dry needling suitable?
- In general we can say: all physical complaints involving muscles. More specifically:
- With chronic complaints: eg due to a long-term incorrect posture
- Long-term overloading of, for example, the arm / shoulder when using the computer
- Overloads / injuries among athletes
- Tightening of muscle tissue in the event of a meniscus injury or hernia
- Long-term absence of movement, for example due to plaster or a sling / sling
- Psychological factors such as stress and depression
- In the case of acute complaints: for example due to a wrong movement or an accident
Dry Needling is part of the treatment and is often combined with general physiotherapy. In addition, you will receive exercises and specific advice to maintain the improved situation.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact the practice on telephone number 020-4724406.
Wonne Back, Physiotherapist