Dry needling treatment involves inserting one or more very fine needles into a muscle trigger point. A trigger point is an area of tight, irritable and dysfunctional muscle tissue which can disrupt your muscle function, and cause pain or tenderness. They often emerge because of injury, overuse or poor movement patterns.
When dry needling is applied to an affected muscle or trigger point, it can decrease muscle tightness, increase blood flow and reduce pain. The needles remain in your muscle for a short period of time - between 10 seconds and 20 minutes - during treatment. This depends on the treatment location, number of needles used and treatment goals.
Dry needling is a safe technique used by a qualified practitioner and is usually combined with other physical therapy techniques and exercises for treating many musculoskeletal conditions.
Dry cupping uses specialised cups and a suction effect to lift the underlying muscle tissues. The cups are applied to your skin over an area of tight muscle for a few minutes. This increases blood circulation, increases muscle movement and releases very tight muscles. It can also aid with stress relief and anxiety.
Dry cupping is used in combination with manual therapy and exercises for the most effective results.