Dry Needling Therapy
At Knocknacarra Physiotherapy Clinic, our physiotherapists have undergone additional training specifically in advanced Dry Needling. This is a therapeutic treatment that involves gently inserting a sterile needle into an active trigger point in the muscle.
Trigger points are highly irritable sensitive taut bands within a muscle. They can be a significant source of pain and can commonly refer pain to different areas. Trigger points can develop as a result of overloading a muscle, overuse, or when the body is in a stressed and tense state. Dry Needling is very effective in reducing this muscle pain, also known as myofascial pain and dysfunction, by releasing oversensitive areas in the muscle.
When the needle is inserted into the trigger point, the muscle will undergo a localised contraction known as a ‘twitch response’. This is a normal reaction and will result in the therapeutic benefits from the technique, reducing muscle pain and spasm, and restoring normal movement.