Dry Needling in the neck – is it a good idea? We received this question several times in our physiotherapy practice. We therefore decided to write an article about this and answer some common questions. What is dry needling?
Dry Needling is a physiotherapeutic form of treatment with the aim of quickly and effectively reducing local muscle tension and stiffness. Using a fine needle, the therapist will give an internal stimulus to the tension point or trigger point that lies at the base of the painfully tense muscle or muscle group. It can be an important added value to therapeutic treatment, such as manual therapy and exercise therapy. We try to maintain the new, relaxed situation in the long term by finding a good balance between all forms of therapy.
Is it possible in the neck?
In general, Dry Needling is harmless when performed by a professional, so this also applies to the neck. The intention is to only trigger the muscle belly with the fine needles, which is certainly possible in the neck muscles, since these are mostly superficial and therefore easily accessible.