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Dry Needling Therapy

Dry needling is a method that has been shown to be effective in relieving trigger points. Not to be confused with the practice of acupuncture, dry needling is being used successfully by physiotherapists who are appropriately trained in this method.

There are two categories of dry needling: superficial dry needling, and deep dry needling. As the name indicates, shallow dry needling does not reach the myofascial trigger points and is pain-free. With deep dry needling the needle goes straight into the myofascial trigger points, eliciting a twitch response, just like what occurs when the knots are palpated. The twitch response signals that the needle has actually reached the knot and pain is reduced or relieved right away.

Numerous physicians advise dry needling as the first step in therapy when pain is present, however patients have to be screened prior to starting therapy. It is to be noted that dry needling does cause some soreness that may last one or two days. Contact us to discuss the suitability of this treatment for you.


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