Dry Needling is based upon Western medicine principles of treating myofascial trigger points, which are different to traditional
Dry Needling is the insertion of sterile single use Acupuncture needles directly into myofascial (muscular) trigger points. Trigger points are tight, tender knots within the muscle which cause and contribute to pain within the body. Research studies have shown that inserting needles into trigger points causes biochemical changes within the body, which release the trigger points and help reduce pain.
I have under-taken 6 days of specific training with the David Simons Academy in 2013 and this therapy is recognised within the scope of physiotherapy practise by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Dry needling can successfully treat the following musculo-skeletal problems where the muscles are thought to be the primary contributing factor to the symptoms:
Neck and back pain
Buttock and leg pain
Chronic Calf tightness
Foot and heel pain