WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Sore muscles are common involved physical complaints. Dry needling is a new treatment method within physiotherapy in which muscles are punctured and thereby relax 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 reaction of the body when the ‘trigger points’ are stimulated.
WHAT IS A TRIGGERPOINT?
A trigger point is a cramped spot in a muscle that, in addition to local pressure pain, is also common radiating pain. Treatment focuses on switching off the trigger point.
HOW DOES DRY NEEDLING FEEL?
You hardly feel the insertion of the needle. When the trigger point is punctured, you will feel a short tension of the muscle very locally. This is possible you experience a kind of cramping feeling. Then the muscle relaxes and can move more easily. Often the treated area feels a bit tired and / or stiff but this is usually short-lived.
Robert Vlek, MSc