Dry needling and acupuncture is the use of solid filiform needles for therapy of muscle pain, sometimes known as intramuscular stimulation
These techniques are very similar.
Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial trigger points is based on theories similar, but not exclusive, to traditional acupuncture; however dry needling targets the trigger points which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional meridians accessed by acupuncture.
Our Therapists are trained in both disciplines and they can be used effectively with most conditions. It requires less energy expenditure on behalf of the practitioner and has an equal effect to other manual techniques currently being used. There can also be a remarkable absence of ‘post treatment tenderness’ often experienced following some manual therapy interventions.
At The Body Rehab we sometimes use this technique as part of treatment. Clients would ALWAYS be consulted prior to this and retain the right to refuse or stop treatment at all times. Consent may be gained verbally or in writing depending on individual therapists clinical governance requirements.