Dry Needling is an effective way to eliminate trigger points in taut muscle bands found in many acute and chronic injuries or pain syndromes. It is also used to stimulate healing in chronic tendon problems such as Achilles tendonitis and tennis elbow. In the case of trigger point treatment, needles are inserted directly into the muscle trigger points. These are overactive areas of muscle and fascia, a tough connective tissue that wraps around most of the structure of the human body.
Typically, the needle is inserted into the taut band within the muscle until a “twitch response” is achieved. Often several twitches are achieved within a session. There is then a reflex relaxation and lengthening of the muscle and trigger point.
For tendon problems, the needle is inserted directly into the injured tendon. This stimulates an inflammatory response around the tendon in the hope of promoting healing in chronic tendon injury.
Here are HR Sports Therapy we integrate dry needling into our treatments where required.