Dry needling is a form of manual therapy that has origins in Acupuncture in ancient Chinese medicine. This technique has been around for thousands of years for treating musculoskeletal pain and various other ailments.
The treatment is designed to do everything that a deep tissue massage does, but rather than pressing on the skin (like a massage), the needle is inserted into the dysfunctional muscle tissue / myofascial trigger point – this allows deeper structures to be stimulated and therefore begin their healing process.
Dry needling creates more of an inflammatory response than most other types of manual therapy in the body, and hence is a great initiator of the healing response via manual therapy.
At RBP we use dry needling very commonly as it is relatively pain-free, very efficient and effective, and one of the most powerful manual therapies that exists. The needles are acupuncture needles – very fine, slim in nature and differ in length depending on what the needles are used for.
To find out what these treatments actually do to the body, please read the sections under our Treatment Benefits page.