What is dry needling?
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point needling, is the use of a small acupuncture needle which is inserted into a tight, taut muscle to encourage relaxation and thus bring some degree of pain relief. The technique can be a lot less painful than trigger point muscle release itself and it is thought the practice can encourage blood flow into the muscle and thus healing.
Many people ask what the difference is between dry needling and acupuncture. Essentially both practices use the same needles however with acupuncture, the philosophy is based around an ancient Chinese art using Qi energy and meridians. Dry needling however, is more of an evidence based technique to assist in treating musculoskeletal pain complaints.
How can it help with my complaint?
Dry needling can help treat the following:
- Tight, overused muscles such as with chronic neck and back pain
- Acute muscle spasm such as with cervical torticollis or acute low back pain
- Chronic overuse injuries such as tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis
- Acute sporting/work injuries such as a muscle or tendon tear
- Neck muscle related headaches
How much does it cost?
Dry needling with Niki McGuinness is usually included in your standard treatment, if it's for spinal care (neck or low back). If you have a complaint other than spinal care such as tennis elbow, knee pain or a shoulder injury, you will require an extended appointment of 30 minutes charged at $85.00 (which also includes your chiropractic spinal care). Usually only 2-3 dry needling sessions are required if your complaint is non-complex.
Booking with Us
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