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Dry Needling – What is it and how does it work?

If you’ve ever suffered from a sports injury, you know how frustrating and debilitating it can be. You may have tried various treatments with little success. Well, there’s one treatment option that you may not have heard of – dry needling. In this blog post, we’ll explain what dry needling is and how it works. 

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a type of therapy that involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin. The needles are inserted at specific points on the body called trigger points. Trigger points are areas of muscle tension that can cause pain in other parts of the body. By inserting needles into these trigger points, dry needling can release muscle tension and relieve pain. Dry needling can be effective as part of the treatment of the following injures:

– Achilles tendonitis

– Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries

– Carpal tunnel syndrome

– Frozen shoulder

– Low back pain

– Neck pain

– Osteoarthritis

– Plantar fasciitis

– Rotator cuff injuries

– Sciatica

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, it is thought that dry needling works by causing a brief sensation of muscle twitching. This twitching activates the nervous system and releases chemicals that help to reduce pain and inflammation. Dry needling can also help to improve blood flow to the muscles and promote healing. 

Is Dry Needling Safe?

Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for many types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. The needles used in dry needling are much thinner than those used in injections or blood tests. As a result, they cause very little discomfort when inserted into the skin. There is also minimal risk of infection because the needles are sterile and only used once before being discarded. 

If you’re suffering from a sports injury, don’t give up hope – there are treatment options available that can help you find relief. One such option is dry needling. It’s a safe and effective treatment for many types of pain, so if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional treatments like medication or surgery, dry needling may be worth considering.

Make an appointment to see Sean Mulroe at Galway Injury Therapy for a Dry Needling session, or any other type of pain & injury treatment by booking a session today on our website or by calling 087 629 8902.

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