Dry needling is a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine. Physical therapists use “dry” needle, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Our physical therapists supplement their knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training from the most famous lectors.
Dry needling may provide relief for different musculoskeletal conditions:
- Low back pain and sciatica;
- Plantar fasciitis;
- A headache and or migraine;
- “Pins and needles” feeling in the hands;
- Inflammatory joint pain (arthritis) and joint stiffness;
- Neck stiffness and chronical hypertonia of neck and upper back muscles
- Shoulder stiffness and knee pain;
- Inflammation or irritation of a tendon (a thick cord that attaches muscle to the bone) – lateral and medial epicondylitis, supraspinatus muscle tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis etc;
Absolute contraindications for dry needling therapy are needle phobia, thrombocytopenia and lymphedema. Relative contraindications are: :
- Haematological conditions
- Taking specific medications (consult a specialist).