Myofascial Dry Needling
What is Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN)?
Myofascial Dry Needling is a therapy adapted from acupuncture, in that it uses fine acupuncture needles, applied to the musculoskeletal system in order to deactivate Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs), which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional meridians accessed via acupuncture.
A myofascial trigger point can be defined as a hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle that is painful when compressed and can cause referred pain or tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena.
Once inserted into the trigger points, the needles stimulate the MTrPs, desensitising or deactivating them and the associated referred pain. This results in pain relief, an increase in range of movement, healing, and also stimulating the production of endorphins.
MDN is a specialised technique incorporated into a Myotherapy treatment and is commonly used for treating conditions such as the following;
- Acute or chronic trigger point pain,
- Back pain,
- Joint pain,
- Inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis,
- Fibromyalgia & Osteoarthritis,
- Post surgery conditions.
What to expect during MDN
Usually very little sensation is felt with Dry Needling, though sometimes a sharp pinprick may be temporarily felt on needle insertion. When the needle is in place, there may be no sensation, itchiness may be experienced, or a feeling of warmth or dullness.
No bleeding is expected, however, occasionally there may be a drop of blood. Sometimes, a bruise may develop after withdrawing the needle. Once the needle is removed, a feeling of itchiness or a sensation of the needle still being present may be felt.
Rest assured, if at any time the client feels uncomfortable with the DN or with the sensations generated during the procedure, the treatment would stop.