Dry needling is the insertion of small thin needles in muscles and tendons to release muscular tension, reduce pain and increase range of motion. The term “dry” needling is used, as there is no solution injected like we see with vaccinations. When we experience pain, trauma or inflammation we see the tissues go into a protective state and contact against further injury, this tension can often be the cause of pain and limits muscle and joint function. When we insert a needle into the muscle we experience increased blood flow to this area, which encourages the muscles to relax. You also experience a twitch response when the needle is inserted in which the muscle involuntarily contracts then relaxes at a deeper level upon removal of the needle.
Does Dry Needling hurt?
Normally you won’t feel the needle penetrate the skin, however you may feel the contraction in the muscle upon entry of the needle. After the treatment you may feel some tenderness in the muscle and some aching is normal, similar to that after deep tissue massage. Occasionally some very mild bruising can occur where the needle has been inserted but this tends to be a less common side effect.
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