Dry Needling

Dry needling has become an increasingly popular therapeutic modality within the field of physiotherapy, offering a unique approach to pain management and muscle rehabilitation. Used by physiotherapists, this technique targets muscular tension and trigger points, aiding in the relief of pain and improvement of muscular function.

What is a Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a specialized physiotherapy technique involving the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific areas of the muscle known as trigger points. It is distinct from acupuncture, as it is primarily focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The technique aims to release muscle tension, alleviate pain, and facilitate movement.

Treatment Options

Standard Assessment (Without Technologies)

₦ 105,000

Premium Assessment (With Technologies)

₦ 180,000

Before and After

What is Included in Dry Needling Sessions?

A typical dry needling session in physiotherapy may include:

  • Assessment and Identification of Trigger Points: The physiotherapist identifies the specific muscles and trigger points contributing to pain and dysfunction.
  • Insertion of Needles: Fine, single-use needles are gently inserted into the identified trigger points.
  • Needle Manipulation: The physiotherapist may gently manipulate the needles to elicit a response from the muscle, often referred to as a 'twitch response'.
  • Post-Needling Care: The physiotherapist may use other modalities such as stretching or heat therapy to enhance the effect of the dry needling.

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

Dry needling offers several benefits as part of a comprehensive physiotherapy approach:

  • Reduces Muscle Tension and Pain: Effectively releases tight muscle bands and decreases pain in the targeted areas.
  • Improves Mobility: Helps in increasing the range of motion that might be restricted due to muscle tightness.
  • Enhances Muscle Function: By reducing trigger point activity, it can improve muscle strength and coordination.
  • Complements Other Therapies: Works well in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques to achieve overall functional improvement.

Learn About Your Visit

Preparing for a dry needling session can ensure a smooth and effective experience.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing for easy access to the area being treated.
  • Stay hydrated, as good hydration may enhance muscle responsiveness.
  • Inform your physiotherapist about your medical history, particularly any conditions related to bleeding or needle phobias.
  • Avoid heavy meals before your session to prevent any discomfort during the treatment.

The process of dry needling is precise and requires professional expertise.

  • Your physiotherapist will cleanse the skin before inserting needles.
  • You may feel a slight pinprick sensation as needles are inserted.
  • Once the needles are in place, you might experience a twitch or cramp in the muscle.
  • The therapist may adjust the needles to achieve the desired muscle response.

After a dry needling session, some simple care can enhance recovery.

  • You may experience some muscle soreness or bruising, which is typically mild and short-lived.
  • Apply heat or engage in light stretching if recommended by your therapist.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins released from the muscles.
  • Follow any specific aftercare advice given by your physiotherapist, such as avoiding strenuous activity for a short period.

How it Works

Dry needling works by stimulating specific trigger points within the muscle, which can lead to a release of tension and pain. The needle insertion causes a minor injury to the muscle, which triggers the body's natural healing response, increasing blood flow and encouraging tissue repair.

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