Dry needling is a treatment method from Canada and has been used for years in regular physical therapy. Muscles are punctured by means of a special technique and thus become quickly and prolonged relaxed.
With Dry Needling a dry ‘acupuncture needle’ is used and no liquid is injected into the muscle.
Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. With acupuncture multiple needles are placed superficially in the scin. They remain there for some time (20-30 minutes) and have an influence on the ‘energy’ in the body. Dry Needling mostly uses only one needle, which briefly stimulates the muscle. Dry Needling works on specific points in the muscles, the so-called ‘trigger points’ and is not an ‘energy treatment’.
The treatment is aimed at ‘switching off’ these trigger points with relaxation of the muscle(s) as a result. For long-term complaints, the therapist will often treat multiple muscles in your arm or leg, as well as the muscles along the spine. If the correct trigger point is punctured, the muscle tends to tighten briefly. That gives a kind of ‘cramp feeling’, but the muscle usually relaxes immediately and you can move more easily. Often the muscles feel tired and heavy after the treatment. However, this is usually temporal and then there is a long-term reduction in muscle tone.