What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is very closely related to acupuncture. The difference between the two is that dry needling uses “ahshi” points and needles trigger point areas as well as painful areas. Acupuncture is a combination of “ahshi” needling and other adjacent and distant points.
A thin sold metallic needle is inserted into points in the skin. The art behind it dates back 5000 years ago in Chinese medicine, and relates to the theory of flow of Qi and Blood.
How does dry needling work?
The needles stimulate a point on the skin, allowing the Qi to flow through the meridians. For the body to have a healthy body and mind, the Qi has to be flow freeing and balanced, which is what the needles do. The needles allow the Qi to flow to areas where it might be deficient.
What Conditions is dry needling Used for?
How Many Treatments does Dry Needling Need to Work?
This varies depending on the patient, the cause of the problem, and the patients constitution. The clinic will use sterilized, individualized packaged needles each time.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
At the time of insertion of needle you may feel a soreness or a pinch. However, this usually goes away. On some points, you may feel an electrical sensation around the needle which is the Qi flowing energy. Any discomfort after the treatment should only be temporary. Relaxation and balance are also felt during the treatment.