Sports Massage Techniques: Medical Acupuncture or Dry Needling in Cambridge
Dry Needling Technique
If you’re looking for medical acupuncture or dry needling in Cambridge, then you’ve come to the right place. Dry needling, also known as medical acupuncture, is available here at Relief as an additional service during a sports massage. We offer a consultation with a sports massage therapist to discuss sports massage with dry needling in more detail and you’ll also be assessed for suitability.
What is dry needling?
A frequently asked question we get is ‘what is dry needling?’. Dry needling is a technique used in the treatment for musculoskeletal conditions such as shoulder, knee and back pain. It is used to aid the relaxation of the muscle fibres to reduce pain and inflammation in the muscle. It can also be used to speed up the healing process of injured or tired muscles.
A very thin needle is used during the medical acupuncture process which penetrates the skin and treats specific muscular trigger points. A trigger point is a tight band in a muscle fibre which can disrupt function, motion and cause pain or tenderness. When the needle is inserted, it helps to decrease muscle tightness, increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Dry Needling Benefits
One of the most common dry needling benefits is the reduced muscular pain and stiffness and there are some other acknowledged dry needling benefits which can include:
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved blood circulation
- Speeding up of the healing process
- Complements and enhances the sports massage
When using dry needling with a sports massage, less time is needed to warm the muscle fibres before using other advanced massage techniques. It is worth noting that dry needling benefits can vary due to a number of factors; such as the specific needs of the individual, the frequency and duration of care and the underlying cause of the issue.
If your chiropractor suspects that you have an underlying health problem or it was because of trauma you may be referred to your GP or a specialist to rule out other causes of your back pain. This obviously depends on the nature of the injury and your presentation.
What to expect with dry needling or medical acupuncture
A very fine needle is inserted into specific trigger points in the muscle. The needles are left in the body for a short amount of time to allow the muscle to relax and for the effects to set in. Once the needles are removed, the therapist will then use advanced massage techniques to further treat the condition.
We use medical acupuncture at our clinic to complement and enhance the sports massage you receive. Although dry needling is safe for most people, it may not be suitable or advisable for everyone. For example those with a needle phobia or haemophilia or women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy, dry needling will not be a suitable option for you. That’s why we offer a consultation where you’ll be fully assessed for suitability.
Still Unsure About a Visit to a Cambridge Sports Massage Therapist?
If you are based in or near Cambridge and you’re suffering from a specific painful problem such as shoulder or knee pain, a sports massage with dry needling may be a great start for you. Why not book a consultation or request a free phone call and get some guidance on what might be best for you.
If it’s relaxation and wellbeing you are after, take a look into our other types of massage therapy available. You can book an appointment online today.
If you have any questions about any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.