This is a slightly painful thing, that you will grow fond of pretty fast!
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’.
The needle is gently inserted into the skin at a specific point and a local twitch response occurs.
It means the trigger point has been stimulated, restarting the muscle and nerve supply and increasing the blood flow to the area which helps relax the muscle. When this local twitch response occurs, a brief painful response might be felt for not longer than a second.
How does it work?
The mechanical stimulation of the muscle produces a local twitch response or rapid depolarization of muscle fibers. After this process, the muscle activity dramatically reduces, which results in relaxation and decreased pain and dysfunction. This decrease in pain is related to the removal of muscular compression on the joint, nerve, and vascular tissue.
Sometimes, the insertion of the needle also reproduces “referred pain” symptoms.
This is a positive sign confirming the trigger point as the source of the pain. Dry needling is highly effective for chronic muscle and repetitive sport injuries. After the treatment, the area that was treated will feel much softer and relaxed and the person will feel an immidiate improvement.