Dry Needling or IMS (Intra muscular stimulation) is a great way to reduce the pain from trigger points found in tight muscle bands that are a feature of many acute and chronic muscle conditions. It can also be very effective in stimulating tissue repair and reduced pain in chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow or Achilles tendon pain.
When treating trigger points, thin needles are guided into the trigger points. These are overactive areas of tension within a muscle, that can be quickly relieved with accurate use of needling.
Typically, the needle is inserted into the taut band within the muscle until a “twitch response” is elicited. Often a number of twitches are achieved within a session. There is then a reflex relaxation of the muscle, and a reduction in pain.
Dry needling is not painful; however, you may experience an immediate ‘twitch’ response, followed by a dull ache that eases in a few minutes. A skilful treatment technique, dry needling sets off a chain of neurological events that result in an immediate decrease in muscle tension.
We use dry needling to treat:
- Back and neck pain – acute and chronic conditions
- Muscle strains
- Sciatic pain
- Pelvic pain
- Shoulder pain – Rotator cuff, Impingement syndromes
- Knee pain – Patellofemoral, meniscal/ligament tears
- Tendinopathy – RSI – i.e. tennis elbow, hamstring tendon
- General muscular tightness and cramps
If you’d like to know whether dry needling could help you, why not book in to see one of the team.
How Many Sessions Will I Need For Trigger Point Treatment?
After the first treatment session, relief usually lasts 3-4 days. Following each session, the pain relief lasts longer. Up to 6 sessions can be required to eliminate the trigger point, with no more than 2 sessions per week being required. However, many patients require only 1-2 sessions.
How Many Sessions Will I Need For Tendon Treatment?
Results are usually seen after 2-3 weeks, and we’d normally expect to only have 3-4 dry needling treatments.
How Is It Different To Acupuncture?
Dry needling differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Chinese Acupuncture focuses on targeting “meridians”, while Dry Needling targets specific anatomy, and penetrates the injured tissue directly. Dry needling is widely used on the medical community and the NHS.