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Dry Needling or Medical acupuncture is a great way to reduce the pain from trigger points found in tight muscle bands that are a feature of many acute and chronic muscle conditions. It can also be very effective in stimulating tissue repair and reduced pain in chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow or Achilles tendon pain.
When treating trigger points, thin needles are guided into the trigger points. These are overactive areas of tension within a muscle, that can be quickly relieved with accurate use of needling.
Typically the needle is inserted into the taut band within the muscle until a “twitch response” is elicited. Often a number of twitches are achieved within a session. There is then a reflex relaxation of the muscle, and a reduction in pain.
For tendon problems, the aim is to stimulate an inflammatory response around the tendon in the hope of promoting healing. This is typically used for tendon injuries that have been present for more than 6-8 weeks.
At Physiotherapy London, we have been using dry needling for many years and have had excellent results.
If you’d like to know whether dry needling could help you, why not book in to see one of the team.
After the first treatment session, relief usually lasts 3-4 days. Following each session the pain relief lasts longer. Up to 6 sessions can be required to eliminate the trigger point, with no more than 2 sessions per week being required. However many patients require only 1-2 sessions.
Results are usually seen after 2-3 weeks, and we’d normally expect to only have 3-4 dry needling treatments.
Dry needling differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Chinese Acupuncture focuses on targeting “meridians”, while Dry Needling targets specific anatomy, and penetrates the injured tissue directly. Dry needling is widely used on the medical community and the NHS.
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