Dry needling – Aan de Laan fysiotherapeuten – Den Haag

Dry needling

Dry needling

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Dry needling therapy- Information for patients

What is dry needling?

By means of a special technique muscles are being triggered and in that way relaxed for a longer period. Dry needling  uses a “dry” acupuncture needle , so no fluid is injected in the muscle.

Dry needling uses one needle with which the muscle is triggered shortly.

Dry needling is applied to trigger points ( location with high tension in  muscular tissue) and is by no means energy treatment ( instead of acupuncture).

A triggerpoint is a knot in a muscle that, besides local pain, also causes pain in more remote locations.

The therapist means to locate these triggerpoints for they can be the source of your (pain)problems.

Different from acupuncture.

With acupuncture treatment multiple needles are inserted in the skin and underlying tissues at locations related to acupuncture points on meridians.

The needles remain there  for a  period of several minutes to influence the energy running through the meridian.

Triggerpoints may manifest themselves by:

–          Pain and /or stiffness, local or remote, in a muscle,

–          Reduced range of motion in related joints,

–          Reduced strength/power in related muscles,

–          Pain-avoiding behaviour,

–          Pins-and-needles in arm or leg, headache, dizzyness.

Triggerpoints are caused:

–          In an acute action: a wrong movement while lifting something or during an accident or sport injury,

–          Chronic:  an (inadequate) posture or activity maintained for a longer period,

–          Lack of movement for a longer period ( plaster cast or brace),

–          Lack of stability in joints,

–          Psychological factors ( stress, depression),

–          Changes in the anatomical relation  of tissues after injury or operation,

–          Clothing or accessories limiting the free range of bodymotion.

The treatment:

The physiotherapist will, after an inquiry concerning your symptoms and a  physical examination, analyze your problem.

The related muscles are closer examined ( looking for triggerpoints ).

The treament aims at reducing the tension in these triggerpoints, by means of inserting a needle. With chronic symptoms the physiotherapist will need to treat multiple muscles in the arm , leg or along the vertebral column.

How does it feel?

Inserting the muscle is hardly felt. Penetrating the triggerpoint causes the muscle fibers to react by shortly increasing the tension which is felt like a sort of cramping. After that the muscle relaxes. Often the muscles feel tired and heavy afterwards, but this will fade away.

What’s next?

After the dry needling you will be instructed to regularly stretch the related muscles by means of specific exercises for multiple times per day. You will also be advised in (work)posture and -movements and habits that are better not continued.

What are the costs?

Dry needling is charged as a regular physiotherapy treatment. Consult our website or information in the waiting room for actual prices. Check with your insurance company whether physical therapy is covered by your policy.