Dry needling is another tool in Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy that helps to achieve better and faster results.
Dry Needling is a therapy that uses a fine, sterile and disposable needle (the same type of needles that are used in acupuncture) to get into deeper layers of tissue. The needle can be between 30 to 75 mm long, depending on the applied area. The needle penetrates the skin and is inserted into the trigger point. This technique relaxes the muscles, boosts blood flow, diminishes inflammation, and triggers a healing response.
This technique is very effective, especially with deeper layers, as it is very hard to get there with hands.
Dry Needling therapy usually is not painful. The needle is so fine, that inserting does not hurt. The muscle twitch can be painful, but this is just for a moment. Sometimes there is minor bleeding when we hit a blood vessel.
After the treatment you can be sore or tender, and you can have some bruising if bleeding occurred.
After the treatment it is good to rest and have plenty of water. A nice warm shower or bath would help you more with the aches and pains.