West London Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Dry Needling is an effective way to eliminate trigger points in taut muscle bands found in many acute and chronic injuries or pain syndromes

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Dry Needling is an effective way to eliminate trigger points in taut muscle bands found in many acute and chronic injuries or pain syndromes. It may also used to stimulate healing in chronic tendon problems such as tennis elbow.

In the case of trigger point treatment, needles are inserted directly into the muscle trigger points. These are overactive areas of muscle and fascia, a tough connective tissue that wraps around most of the structure of the human body.

Typically the needle is inserted into the taut band within the muscle until a “twitch response” is achieved. Often a number of twitches are achieved within a session. There is then a reflex relaxation and lengthening of the muscle and trigger point.

For tendon problems, the needle is inserted around the injured tendon. This may stimulate an inflammatory response around the tendon in the hope of promoting healing in chronic tendon pain. We typically consider dry needling for tendon pain that has been present for more than 8 weeks.

How Many Sessions Will I Need For Trigger Point Treatment?

Usually after the first treatment session, relief lasts 3-4 days. Following each subsequent session the duration of pain relief is longer. Up to three or four sessions can be required to eliminate the trigger point, but a single trigger point should be needled no more than twice per week.

How Many Sessions Will I Need For Tendon Treatment?

Results are usually seen after two weekly sessions. But if no change is seen we may trial other approaches such as shockwave therapy. On average we would expect to treat you with dry needling three to four times.

How Is It Different To Acupuncture?

Dry needling differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Where Acupuncture focuses on targeting “meridians”, Dry Needling is anatomically based, and used to penetrate the injured tissue directly. While both forms will provide pain relief, Dry Needling is aiming to restore normal tissue function.

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Dry Needling & Acupuncture is used to wide range of symptoms, commonly including:

  • aches & pains in muscles
  • nausea
  • menstrual cramping
  • headaches & migraines
  • depression
  • labor-related pain
  • vomiting
  • knee pain

Benefits of Dry Needling & Acupuncture:

  • Can combine acupuncture with other treatments
  • Can help manage chronic pain, migraine, & headaches
  • Get fast pain relief
  • Accelerate your recovery
  • Can target numerous health concerns at once
  • Acupuncture carries a low risk of side effects
  • Regain your range of motion
  • Improve Chronic pain conditions

Chris Bestwick

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Alessandro Poletto

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Liam McCloskey

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

David Wynne

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist



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