Understanding Dry Needling
At APEX Health Movement, our hands-on practitioners are qualified in Dry Needling. Clients often refer to this treatment modality as “acupuncture”. Whilst the same style of needle is used in both Acupuncture and Dry Needling, it is important to understand that these two modalities are inherently different.
Acupuncture, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, combines both age-old wisdom and contemporary methods. It aims to alleviate pain and assist in injury recovery by placing needles at specific acupuncture points along the body’s “meridian” pathways.
On the other hand, Dry Needling functions by creating a tiny lesion in the affected tissue. This action helps to break down contracted tissues, disrupts reflex arcs from the nervous system to the affected area, balances the inflammation response, and regulates pain at a central level. The combination of these mechanical and neuromuscular effects establishes an optimal healing environment, leading to pain reduction. Our hands-on practitioners utilise Dry Needling in order to quickly restore function and get you moving as soon as possible.
How Comfortable is the Procedure?
Most individuals hardly notice the needle’s insertion. Designed to be thin, solid, and flexible, the fine filament needle enters the skin smoothly without cutting it, minimising any potential discomfort. We aim to ensure the treatment is as pain-free as possible.
Occasionally, patients might experience a brief twitch in the muscle. This twitch response, often described as a short-lived electric shock or cramp, is typical and even anticipated during the procedure. It’s a sign that the treatment is effectively targeting the problematic tissue. Rest assured, our practitioners prioritise your comfort and the therapeutic benefits of the session.