Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle).

It releases muscle tension by causing tight muscles to twitch or cramp. Easing the trigger points can improve flexibility and increase range of movement.


Do the needles hurt when going in?

Generally, No! The acupuncture needles are extremely sharp and thin, so 99.9% of the time you actually barely feel the needles going in.
As the needle approaches a trigger point, you will experience a mild ache in the area whilst the needle does its job releasing muscle spasm. On occasions you will also get what’s known as a ‘twitch response’. This is completely involuntary and actually feels strange more than anything. 
The size of needle depends on the depth of the trigger point within the tissue, and the size of the muscle area being treated. A smaller area such as the neck will require a small needle, as opposed to the quads, hamstrings and glutes where a larger needle will be used. Relaxing trigger points can release long held pain.
It is not unusual to feel some soreness following your dry needling treatment, but this will subside within 24/48 hours.

Dry Needling advantages:

  • Dry needling is used for the treatment of Sports injuries when the source of pain seems to be buried so deep as to be inaccessible to massage.
  • Widely used by Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physios and Sports Massage Therapists.
Dry Needling Therapy


I experienced general aches and pains along with a tense neck, shoulders and arms during my second trimester of pregnancy Visited Janet for my first pregnancy massage.
The attention to detail, care and confidence shown made me feel comfortable and relaxed. Janet really can read the body and focuses on the areas needed without having to direct her, her technique and attention to her work is exemplary.
Janet’s manner and calming presence along with amazing technique has made me feel so much lighter and calmer within myself – highly recommend her for pregnancy massages.

You can also book appointments with me at any time from The Cherry Tree Therapy Centre 2 Station Parade, Cherry Tree Rise, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 6EU, or from my home in Stondon Massey, CM15 OEE

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