Dry needling is a ‘Western style’ of Acupuncture that is used to manage injuries and their symptoms via its effect on the nervous system at localised myofascial trigger points. Expertly applied, dry needling provides substantially more release than a heavy massage does and with far less surrounding tissue damage. As a result, this technique is now used widely in sports medicine and day-to-day Physiotherapy and is a large part of Core Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio’s service offered to clients.
Dry needling is not Acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by Acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine and based around principles that follow the anatomical function of the muscular and nervous system.
Dry needling involves a very thin needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues. Needles are single-use, sterile, and are disposed of in appropriate sharps receptacles. The Needles are of different lengths, which are used for getting to trigger points in different sized muscles.