The application of a dry needle creates a local twitch response (LTR) in the muscle fiber. This release can immediately improve movement, reduce pain and improve function. There is often a significant cramping sensation from the twitch response but then an immediate improvement in the symptoms. Afterwards there may be a general ache in the muscle, similar to the feeling after an intense workout or following a deep massage.
Dry Needling is a very effective form of treatment however still requires in most conditions that the underlying biomechanics be addressed and therefore is used in conjunction with other ‘hands on’ techniques.
Dry Needling can be used for many conditions including but not limited to:
• Neck or back pain
• Tension type headaches
• Gluteal, rotator cuff, elbow and Achilles tendinopathy
• Piriformis Syndrome
• Jaw pain
• Groin strain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Whiplash disorders
• Shin Splints
Meet our Team
Kirsten is a fantastic addition to the Team at Body of Life particularly given that her main motivator is helping people! She finds this extremely rewarding and giving someone immediate relief and lasting recovery from their symptoms so they can live their best life makes her very happy. Her patients love her calm and friendly nature and bubbly personality as well!
In her spare time, Kirsten loves pilates and swimming but her main exercise comes in the form of kid-wrangling and she adores spending time with her family along with reading and listening to podcasts. When it comes to TV she has watched Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning and she is still a fan, even though it jumped the shark a while ago! For something light-hearted and a good laugh, she also loves Schitt’s Creek.
In terms of advice for her patients, Kirsten believes that ignoring pain often leads to more pain. Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. And finally – Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn
Dry Needling Frequently asked questions
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For more chronic conditions, complex injuries or where pre-existing health issues determine a slower healing time, perhaps more treatment will be required.