Dry needling is an evidence based technique I use to treat movement impairments and discomfort. This is done by inserting a small needle, which does not provide any medication, through the skin into a specific muscular area. Once inserted these needles are left to stand for 15-20 minutes, allowing the muscular tension time to ease.
The area of focus will be a trigger point, which is a taut band of skeletal muscle found within larger muscle groups. Trigger points are often tender to touch and may cause referred pain into other areas of the body.
Dry needling can be used as a stand alone treatment, or in conjunction with sports massage, to optimise your treatment. Often dry needling is followed by home exercise prescription to compliment the treatment, and optimise full return to pain free function and movement.