Although the term dry needling may sound a little bit odd, it is a perfectly safe and effective treatment for a wide range of conditions that cause pain or inhibit mobility. Optimal Body at our Gold Coast and Springwood clinics offer dry needling to our clients along with a range of massage therapies to alleviate pain and a number of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Optimal Body, with the use of a dry needling treatment, can treat acute and chronic conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Hand pain
- Wrist pain
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Leg pain
- Hip pain
- Feet pain
- Sporting injuries
- Shin splints
- Muscular tightness
How does dry needling work?
Dry needling involves placing a fine acupuncture needle into the trigger point of a muscle. The aim of dry needling is to elicit a twitch response which causes the muscle to contract slightly and then release, thereby relieving the pain the trigger point was causing.
Trigger points can develop in a muscle as a result of stresses such as injury, poor posture, repetitive strain, or emotional trauma, and can refer pain and create dysfunction in other parts of the body, including severe headaches.
Will dry needling hurt?
There is usually very little discomfort as the needle that is inserted in the muscle is very fine. In the case of tight muscles and those with active trigger points, there may be a little sting or feeling of a cramp which is the twitch response.
Sometimes the pain that brought you to the clinic in the first place is reproduced by the needling. This is a good sign that your therapist has located the source of your pain and is treating it effectively by deactivating the trigger point and restoring normal length and function to the muscle.
Dry needling is sometimes quicker and less painful than massage or cupping in alleviating pain and muscle tightness
By directly treating the muscle’s trigger point with dry needling, pain can be relieved almost instantly making it a beneficial treatment for anyone seeking relief from acute or chronic pain.
Massage therapies like relaxation massage, remedial massage, deep tissue and sports massage can be used in conjunction with dry needling to alleviate symptoms and speed up the healing process.
If you have a painful condition you would like treated, call our caring and professional team at Optimal Body at our Southport, Gold Coast or Springwood clinics, so we can help you be the best you can be!