If you’ve been looking for a solution to your muscle pain or stiffness, you may have come across a technique called dry needling. Despite its effectiveness, this therapeutic approach is often shrouded in misconceptions and misinformation.
In this blog post, we aim to clear up some of the confusion surrounding dry needling. We’ll talk about what it really is, how it works, and address some common myths about this treatment method. We’ll also explore the dry needling services we offer at Rhema-Gold Physiotherapy and how they could benefit you.
Understanding Dry Needling
Dry needling is a form of therapy that involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points in your muscles, known as trigger points. The goal is to alleviate pain, reduce muscle tension, and improve mobility. The procedure is called ‘dry’ needling because no medication is injected.
Common Myths About Dry Needling
Myth: Dry Needling is the same as Acupuncture
Fact: While both techniques use thin, sterile needles, their purpose, application, and philosophy are fundamentally different. Dry needling targets muscle tension and pain by stimulating trigger points. Acupuncture, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, aims to balance the body’s energy flow or ‘Qi’.
Myth: Dry Needling is extremely painful
Fact: Most patients report feeling a little sting or twitch, not severe pain, during the treatment. The discomfort is typically short-lived and followed by relief from muscle tension.
Myth: Dry Needling can only be used for back pain
Fact: Dry needling can be beneficial for various conditions, including neck pain, headaches, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Dry Needling at Rhema-Gold Physiotherapy
At Rhema-Gold Physiotherapy, our qualified practitioners are highly skilled in dry needling therapy. We ensure that our patients are comfortable and fully informed about the process before we begin. We use dry needling in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches for a comprehensive treatment plan designed to address your unique needs and promote your overall wellbeing.