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Dry needling is a fantastic technique that I often use in conjunction within a treatment to target muscles that are struggling to relax or if I am feel I need to get to a deeper level. I most commonly use dry needling in the front of the thigh, hamstrings, heels of the feet, hips, back, neck and shoulders.
It works by using a thin monofilament needle penetrating the skin, targeting muscular trigger points. The insertion of the needle increases blood flow to the area and helps the tissue to heal. The surrounding layers of fascia relaxes giving instant relief and increasing range of movement. The results can be quite outstanding and satisfying.
One of the main advantages of the technique is that it does’t fatigue the muscles, so can be used close to an event, whereas deep massage is best used a few days prior to an event. Additionally, dry needling can be used on tendons, and is particularly effective on the IT band where massage just isn’t appropriate or effective.
It really is a great effective technique.