Dry Needling: The Answer to Headache, Arthritic Pain, Tennis Elbow, Low Back Pain, Or Muscle Tightness?

People are often curious as to what the difference between acupuncture and dry needling is, so today Ahmad Salma ,one of our chartered physiotherapists, explains what dry needling is and what it can do for you. First of all, Acupuncture is an ancient technique based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles of the flow of Chi (energy) through the body. Acupuncture aims to treat pain by balancing Chi via the insertion of needles at specific acupuncture points. While dry needling is a western medicine technique where sterile acupuncture needles are used to alleviate tight bands within an over active muscle. The very fine single filament needles are inserted into the skin and muscle targeting these “triggers points” or “knots” Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These trigger points have been shown to be a large source of local pain, referred pain and restriction. It is often caused by overuse, increased stress, poor posture or as a response to injury. Needling has been known to produce some great results as part of treatment plans, but it is rarely a stand-alone kind of intervention and is just one aspect of a comprehensive manual physical therapy approach and is usually combined with other manual therapies.At DBSM, Orla Deegan and Ahmad Salma are chartered physiotherapists who are specialized in Acupuncture / Dry Needling treatment as part of their education and experience to date.