Dry needling can be used as an adjunct to physiotherapy. By means of a special technique, muscle hardness/knots (trigger points) can be punctured resulting in fast and lasting relaxation and pain reduction in the muscles. Trigger points can be caused by overuse, underuse, acute injury or stress.
With dry needling, a (dry) acupuncture needle is used and no fluid is injected into the muscle. Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles and thus should not be confused with acupuncture. Only a single needle is usually used, with a brief puncture of the muscle. You do not feel the insertion of the needle, but the pricking of the muscle can lead to a kind of local cramping sensation.
Muscle relaxation and pain relief occurs almost immediately.
Because dry needling is part of physical therapy, the cost of this treatment is covered by your supplementary insurance.