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What is Dry Needling? 

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points within the muscles and connective tissues. Unlike acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine, dry needling is rooted in Western medicine principles and focuses on relieving musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Dry Needling is Effective For:

Dry Needling is Used For:

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Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Treats pain caused by trigger points in the fascia.

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Muscle Tightness

Reduces muscle tightness and improves flexibility.

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Postural Issues

Addresses muscle imbalances due to poor posture.

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Athletic Performance

Enhances performance by reducing muscle tension and improving range of motion.

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Aids in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.

How Dry Needling Works?

During a dry needling session, thin, sterile needles are inserted into trigger points or tender areas within the muscle tissue. This process stimulates a local twitch response, which helps to release tension and improve blood flow to the affected area. The insertion of needles also stimulates the body's natural healing processes, reducing inflammation and promoting the repair of damaged tissues. The result is a reduction in pain, improved muscle function, and enhanced mobility.

Common Misconceptions About Dry Needling:

Dry Needling is the Same as Acupuncture

  • Reality: Dry needling targets trigger points for pain relief, based on Western medicine, unlike acupuncture's focus on balancing energy flow.

Dry Needling is Unsafe

  • Reality: It's safe when performed by trained professionals using sterile, single-use needles.

Dry Needling is Only for Athletes

  • Reality: It's beneficial for anyone with musculoskeletal pain, not just athletes.

Dry Needling is Painful

  • Reality: It may cause mild discomfort, but it's generally manageable and followed by pain relief.

Dry Needling Only Provides Temporary Relief

  • Reality: It offers both immediate and long-term benefits by addressing the root causes of pain.

You Need a Referral for Dry Needling

  • Reality: No referral is typically needed; you can book directly with our therapists at Activ8 Myotherapy.

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