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Dry Needling In Waterford

Waterford Chartered Physiotherapy Clinic offers a dry needling service, with all members of the team qualified to provide the treatment.

Dry needling involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle into what is known as a ‘trigger point’ or area of tightness in the muscle. It is different to Traditional Acupuncture as the needle is inserted directly into the muscular trigger point and often results in a ‘twitch response’ in the muscle followed by relaxation of the tension built up in the muscle.

Your Physiotherapist will often use this therapy in conjunction with manual and exercise therapy to ensure full pain free movement is restored-and maintained.

Dry Needling Versus Accupuncture

Whilst both use the same needle types, they are two very different treatments. Traditional Acupuncture is used for the diagnosis and
treatment of pathological conditions including visceral & systemic dysfunction, whilst dry needling is used for the assessment and treatment of myofacial pain syndromes and dysfunction due to myofacial trigger points / tension areas / muscle spasm / increased tonicity.

Acupuncture achieves pain relief through the release of endorphins and creating balance in the body’s energy levels. Through the release of serum cortisol
acupuncture can also have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Dry needling also acts via the release of endorphins and serum cortisol but also achieves pain relief and biomechanical re-function by de-activating the trigger points at the muscle cell level and thus
eliminating the nociceptive focus of the muscle.

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