Dry Needling - What's the "point" and how can it help?
Dry needling is an increasingly popular technique where a fine needle is gently inserted into certain areas of the body to aid the recovery of musculoskeletal conditions.
People often ask us what the difference is between dry needling and acupuncture. In short, dry needling is a form of acupuncture, however the differences lie within the theory and philosophy of how they work. Acupuncture is based on traditional eastern medicine where the needles aim to restore the flow of energy in the body, whereas dry needling is based on western medicine, where the needles are used to target trigger points (aka ‘knots’, or tender areas) within the muscle itself.
The main benefit of dry needling is that it can reach into deeper areas, beneath the skin, where our hands or other instruments can not. This can help relieve pain, decrease muscle spasm, promote blood flow into the area, and stimulate the muscles. At Asquith Health, we use dry needling along with other techniques such as massage, mobilisations, manipulation, and exercises to achieve the best possible outcome.