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Dry Needling: Triggering Pain Relief

Published on June 28, 2016

Dry Needling is a form of treatment that uses fine needles inserted into the body to help relieve pain. It looks a lot like acupuncture but the training and philosophy behind it are very different.

What is dry needling?

Dry Needling practitioners insert the acupuncture-style needles into myofascial trigger points in the body. These myofascial trigger points are areas in the patient’s tissue, sometimes described as knots. It’s thought that targeting those areas produces a response in the body that aids pain relief. Dry Needling is used to treat a range of conditions like muscle tension and pain, postural imbalance and sports injuries.

So what’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Our resident Dry Needling practitioner Anthony Turri is also a remedial massage therapist and sports physiologist. It’s this deep knowledge of the human body and its musculoskeletal systems that informs his practice. While acupuncture treats imbalance in the body’s systems as a whole – you can read all about our Japanese Acupuncture treatments here – Dry Needling takes more of a Western medicinal approach – focussing on the physiology of the patient.

So does it hurt?

Just like with acupuncture, the sensation is usually minimal. Believe it or not Anthony says he was afraid of needles until he took his course – but has now gotten over his phobia after having and performing the treatments. He says he was astounded at the benefits Dry Needling can bring and the results it can get for his patients.

Should You Choose Dry Needling or Acupuncture?

Everyone is different and you may want to speak to one of our professionals before you decide which treatment is appropriate for you.

If you would like to know more about either Dry Needling or Japanese Acupuncture, or you would like information on our other treatments for pain relief, please get in touch.

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