What is Dry Needling?
Sore muscles are often involved in physical complaints. Dry Needling is a new treatment method within physiotherapy in which muscles are punctured and thereby relaxed 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 response of the body when the ‘trigger points’ are stimulated.
What is a 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 turning off the trigger point.
What does Dry Needling feel like?
You hardly feel the insertion of the needle. When the trigger point is punctured, you will feel a short contraction of the muscle very locally. You can experience this as a kind of cramping feeling. After that, the muscle relaxes and you can move more easily. The treated area often 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:
- In case of chronic complaints: e.g. due to a long-term incorrect posture
- Long-term overload of, for example, the arm/shoulder when using the computer
- Overloads/or injuries in athletes
- Tension of muscle tissue in a meniscus injury or a hernia
- Prolonged absence of movement, for example due to a cast or a sling/sling
- Psychological factors such as stress and depression
- In 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.