Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting stainless steel needles into trigger points and areas of pain in muscles. The insertion of a foreign object into an adhesion causes the release of histamine which elicits vasodialation subsequently increasing blood circulation. This can loosen the adhesion and enable the body to detoxify and begin to heal the area.

What is electro dry needling?

Electro dry needling involves running and electrical pulse through the inserted needles. This stimulates the nervous system to release neurochemicals that relieve pain. It also encourages the body to send white blood cells and oxygenated blood to the area this promotes inflation which speeds the healing process.

How is it different to Acupuncture?

Essentially, Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine involving such beliefs in systems as meridians and how they tie in with internal organs, diet and pathologies. Dry needling focuses on the area of pain. However, the two can have overlapping results despite having different methods of diagnosis.

What training have you had?

I have completed the sufficient short course in addition to my Remedial Massage diploma. I trained under a highly experienced Acupuncturist who runs his own Chinese medicine school that also teaches massage and Shiatsu.


Why would I want dry needling?

It is relatively painless allowing treatment of sensitive sites. It continues to work for 24 hours after treatment and can very easily target at areas of pain meaning it is very effective and successful.

Who cannot have dry needling?

The most concerning contraindications are the first trimester of pregnancy and having a pace maker for electro dry needling. In most cases dry needling is relatively safe.

Can it be dangerous?

In the wrong hands yes. Although, there is always space for mishaps. I use high quality German steel needles to ensure quality and lessen the chances of needles breaking in the skin. Pneumothorax is also a possibility when needling the thorax. As a qualified practitioner I am trained to  needle to lessen this risk. However, if you are a diver or someone who cannot lay still, or even needle phobic causing you to have an unpredictable response to treatments then thoracic needling may not be advisable for you.

How do I get some needling done?

Just book in it is all a part of the remedial treatment.


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