Dry needling is used in the treatment of tight or painful muscle areas by activating trigger points in the body. These cause local pressure pain and often also cause pain ‘at a distance’.
The needles are extremely thin so that insertion is barely noticeable. When the needle is in the right place, the trigger point will be, well, triggered. This will cause a ‘twitch’ or involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers, based on a reflex. The reflex ensures that the muscle immediately relaxes so that the blood flow in the muscle can recover.
After the session there may be some soreness and even a little bruising from touching the blood vessels, but this doesn’t last long. Pain relief, joint mobility, and a general sense of relaxation are some of the after effects of a dry needling session.