WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Painful muscles are often combined with physical complaints. Dry needling is a new method of treatment in physiotherapy where muscles are punctured and thus relaxed quickly and for a long time. An acupuncture needle is used for this. The big difference with acupuncture is that acupuncture is based on an ‘energetic concept’ in which meridians and energy play an important role. Dry needling is a physiological response of the body when the trigger points are stimulated.
WHAT IS A TRIGGERPOINT?
A trigger point is a cramped spot in a muscle that often causes radiating pain in addition to local pressure pain. The treatment focuses on switching off the trigger point.
HOW DOES DRY NEEDLING FEEL?
You hardly feel the insertion of the needle. If the trigger point is punctured, you will feel a short stroke of the muscle locally. This can be experienced as a kind of cramping feeling. Then the muscle relaxes and can move more easily. Often the treated place feels a bit tired and / or stiff, but this is usually short-lived.
Robert Vlek, MSc