Dry Needling is a fast and effective method to achieve muscle relaxation and reduce muscle complaints. The most painful point in the muscle is the trigger point, which can cause muscle tightening. This causes the muscle to function poorly and to cramp in places. During Dry Needling, am extremely small needle is placed into the trigger point of the muscle. This improves the muscle’s metabolism, causing the pain and muscle tightening to disappear.
The result of Dry Needling is often a quick and direct reduction of pain and improved freedom of movement of the related muscles and joints.
You do not feel the insertion of the needle. If the trigger point is punctured, you may feel a short contraction of the muscle. This gives a feeling similar to cramp and can be accompanied by some localised, and also occasionally unlocalised, pain. The muscle then usually immediately relaxes.
Dry Needling is not the same as acupuncture. During acupuncture, several needles are used and they remain pricked in the body for some time. In Dry Needling, only one needle is used and is only inserted into the muscle for a short period of time. In contrast to acupuncture, Dry Needling does not rely on ‘energy’.