Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN) involves insertion of a fine needle into the muscle in the region
of a Trigger Point. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a response to release muscle tension and encourage localized increased circulation to targeted muscles tendons and boney structures.
Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
The needle used is slender and most clients do not feel it penetrate the skin into the muscle. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle however if the muscle is hypersensitive, shortened or has active trigger points within it, the client may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp or ’the twitch response’. The client may feel a reproduction of “their” pain, which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to
the involved muscle.
The needle insertion assists in the natural healing phase of the body by increasing circulation to the area of treatment. This incredibly effective technique causes very little discomfort for the patient and the results are often amazing when used in conjunction with traditional Myotherapy modalities
Conditions that can be assisted with Myofascial Dry Needling
Chronic back or neck pain
Migraines and headaches
Repetitive strain injuries
Work related injuries
Motor vehicle injuries.
While the slender needles used to perform are equivalent to those used by a Myotherapist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist the techniques vary. Some therapists will use a needle guide tube to assist with direct insertion of the needle. With Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine points that lie along the body’s meridians or energy channels, while myofascial dry needling techniques used by Myotherapists the points that are defined by western based anatomy and physiology.
Myofascial Dry Needling will be included within a treatment appointment should the assessment deem it beneficial to the client or be used as a stand alone treatment.