What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a procedure in which a one or more very fine needles are inserted directly into specific areas of sensitive tissues, such as trigger points (muscle fibre contractions/knots) which can be the cause of many acute and chronic aches, pains and dysfunctions.
How does Dry Needling work?
Evidence so far has shown that dry needling can stimulate favourable electrical and chemical reactions within the body which reduce pain and tension. Exactly how this occurs is still being studied and is not fully understood.
What can be treated with Dry Needling?
Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Most commonly we use Dry Needling to treat muscular pain and tension in areas of the body such as the neck, back, shoulders or legs. Other conditions we can effectively treat include headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, muscle cramps/spasm and jaw pain.
What does Dry Needling feel like?
Most people think that because we are inserting a needle into tissue, it will hurt!
We tend to think that because we are more familiar with an injection type needle used by doctors for things like vaccinations. The truth is that the needles we use are much thinner than the standard needle at the doctors, which is why most people don't even feel the needle penetrate.
Once the needle is inserted further into the sensitive area, sensations such as a dull ache, a slight electric-like shock and a local twitch in the muscle. These are completely normal reactions and show that the needle is in the right spot to treat the tense or painful tissue.
Are there risks involved with Dry Needling?
As with all medical procedures there is a small risk with Dry Needling. Our team at Function are all professionally trained and accredited to practice Dry Needling and will discuss the risks with you before the treatment and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked for consent to any treatment and it is always your right to refuse treatment, seek an alternative treatment or cease the treatment at any time.