The Physio Company is delighted to announce the opening of our dry needling service in our Limerick Clinic in Dooradoyle.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment technique that helps with muscular and soft tissue pain by treating the underlying trigger point. A trigger point is a tight tender knot within a muscle which can cause and contribute to pain within the body. There are numerous locations that these trigger points can be found throughout the body ranging from the neck and back to the arms, legs, face and head. An example of just some of these points found in the back and neck are shown in the diagram below.
Common examples of trigger points are found in the trapezius muscle of the neck and the piriformis muscle of the bum.
A knot in the trapezius can create pain along the back and side of the neck and create a dull headache. A knot in the piriformis muscle can create pain that radiates down the bum and along the back and side of the leg. This can often be confused with sciatica and is commonly called “pseudo-sciatica” for this reason.
So if you have pain or tightness in these regions, dry needling these knots or trigger points can help. The process is very simple. A very fine, sterile acupuncture needle is passed into the muscle. This often creates a mini twitching, almost cramping feeling which helps the knot to relax out. It can be very effective when combined with traditional physiotherapy and home stretching which our Chartered Physiotherapists are specially trained in.
What Can Dry Needling Treat?
These are 2 of literally hundreds of trigger points found in the body. Dry needling can thus be effective in treating a whole host of conditions such as:
- Arthritic pain
- Back and neck pain
- Calf tightness or pain- particularly in long distance runners
- Hip and pelvic pain
- Knee pain
- Sports Injuries
It is important to note that, although acupuncture needles are used for this treatment, this is not acupuncture. Dry needling is based on Western medical principles and while there are some similarities, both the technique of dry needling and the points used differ from those used in acupuncture. Dry needling is just one in the range of treatments we now provide at our Limerick Clinic. One method does not suit all, so let our Chartered Physiotherapists guide you in the best care for you and your condition.
If you are suffering from an injury or condition Dry Needling may be the treatment that is right for you. Book an appointment with us today to come see one of our expert Physiotherapists in Limerick. We look forward to seeing you!