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Dry Needling & Cupping


Dry Needling is used to target the trigger point of a problem muscle – known as the myofascial trigger point and is often described as a muscle knot which contributes to pain and dysfunction.

A needle is gently inserted into the skin directly at this point and often a local twitch response is experienced. This is a good sign and is what I’m looking for. It means the trigger point has been stimulated, jump starting the muscle and nerve supply and increasing the blood flow to the area which helps to relax the muscle. When this local twitch response occurs, a brief painful response might be felt but it won’t last for more than a second.
Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain.

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling is performed by different practitioners with different training. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine, while dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and evolution of pain patterns, posture, movement, impairments, function and orthopedic tests.

What is it useful for?

Dry needling is effective in the treatment of:

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

What will happen in your Dry Needling session?

What is Cupping?

The theory behind cupping is that it moves or stimulates your body’s natural energy. Cupping is saId to increase blood supply to a specific area, and athletes use it in recovery to help heal sore , tired muscles. Large cups are used for broad areas such as the back where the strong suction will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue massage. The skin will turn red with the strong suction indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface of the skin.

What is it useful for?

Cupping is effective in the treatment of:


What are the benefits of Cupping?

What will happen in your Cupping session?

Here is what you can expect from your cupping session:

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      This list of frequently asked questions about dry needling and cupping is meant to assist you to decide if dry needling or cupping is for you.

      Dry Needling is used to reduce muscle pain by releasing oversensitive areas in the muscle known as myofascial trigger points.

      An acute muscle injury or continual muscle stress may lead to the development of trigger points.

      Trigger points can be a source of pain and can commonly refer pain to different areas.

      The suction during cupping will feel tight at first (not painful) while it draws your skin up into the cup. The sensation passes quickly as your therapist moves on to place the next cup.

      The red circular marks left behind by the cups are not bruises. They usually do not hurt. Bruises are caused by impact trauma that breaks capillaries in the injured area. But there is NO compression or impact trauma when cupping is done correctly. Cupping does the opposite. Instead of compressing / pushing your skin and muscles, it lifts / pulls your skin and tissues.