Dry needling and Electro Dry Needling involve the insertion of a fine filament needle into the tissue. Dry Needling is commonly used to release a “Trigger Point” or a tight irritable muscle knot – and is effective for the treatment of muscle pain and spasms. Trigger points are painful to touch and often refer pain and limit movement.
Electro Dry Needling involves attaching cables to the needles and these cables are attached to a battery powered Electro Stimulation Machine. This sends a small pulse through the needle into the tissue and is excellent for reducing pain.
What can Electro and Dry Needling Treat?
Nerve damage: neuropathy, sciatica and radiculopathy
Soft tissue: spasm, strains, cramping, trigger points, tightness
Joint pathologies: sprains, arthritis, joint stiffness, disc pathologies
Ligament and Tendon irritations
Many pain states
Electro-Dry Needling improves blood circulation and the transport of natural painkillers such as endorphins and opioids in order to reduce pain. Blood circulation is also stimulated, promoting the delivery of nutrients to tissues, accelerating the healing process.
Low frequency/high intensityElectro-Dry Needling produces long term pain relief increasing over several hours after treatment.
High frequency/low intensity Electro-Dry Needling produces quick acting, short term pain relief by preventing pain messages from travelling to the brain and blocking nerve pathways.
The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response or a sensation like a muscle cramp, to relax the overactive muscles, deactivate the trigger point, reduce pain and restore normal length and function to the involved muscle. The needle used is very thin and you can usually feel some sensation when it is applied although this should be slight. Sometimes the needle can be moved back and forth to create a twitch response.
At times it will not be. The level of movement used depends on the training style and approach of each therapist. Our therapists use a gentle style for the most part, although it may be more robust if you are used to dry needling and are very active.