Greg Pullum
Greg Pullum

What is it?

Dry Needling is a western form of acupuncture. Fine Filament Needles are inserted into painful tight muscular knots referred to as TRIGGER POINTS.

What is a Trigger Point?

Area of overactive muscle fibres within a muscle. Muscles can spasm and shorten due to injury, stress, or simply poor posture. This muscle spasm causes a reduction in bloodflow, leading to a lack of oxygen and build up of inflammatory waste chemicals. These chemicals in turn irritate local sensory nerves. This causes further protective muscle spasm, pain, sensitivity and general stiffness.

Goals of Dry Needling

  • Resolution of Persistent Muscular Pain
  • Promote Muscular Recovery
  • Restore Normal Blood Flow and Oxygenation
  • Restore Pain Free Movement and Function

How does it work?

Increase blood flow due to needle micro trauma.

Better blood flow can take away the accumulated inflammatory waste products contributing to nerve irritation and pain.

Local Twitch Response

Needle Insertion often causes a spinal cord reflex contraction. This is thought to quickly alter the chemical balance within the muscle, restoring a normal state.

Is it safe?

Dry needling is generally a very safe and useful adjunct. After thorough assessment, it is often used by Physiotherapists to compliment a tailored programme. Including:

  • Advice
  • Education
  • Graded Strength & Conditioning

Potential Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling temporarily feint
  • Minor Bleeding
  • Bruising

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Warm wishes,

The Total Health Team

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