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The Process of Dry Needling
Dry Needling and Acupuncture
Safe and Relaxing
Although inserting a needle into a trigger point can sometimes create a slight ache, dry needling is both safe and relaxing. There is no sharp pain, and it is often the case that the needle cannot be felt at all. After a dry needling session, some patients may feel a little fatigued but this doesn't last and people are usually able to carry on with their work day, or exercise, as normal.
In most cases, response to dry needling treatment is positive and immediate, with muscles feeling less taut and tight, and regaining enhanced freedom of movement. For long-term repair and benefit, however, several sessions may be required because trigger points are frequently found to be under deep layers of muscle and so it may take some time for the effects to be fully felt.
Dry Needling Treats a Variety of Conditions
A wide range of acute and chronic conditions can be treated effectively with dry needling. These include:
- muscle tightness
- shin splints
- hamstring problems
- back and neck pain
- sporting injuries