How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry Needling provides a fast effective route to pain relief, through the use of fine needles inserted into trigger points in muscles. 

The needles penetrate deep into knots of muscles, to relieve tension and increase blood flow to the region. 

They can hit stubborn knots with precision, even when the source of pain seems to be buried so deep as to be inaccessible to massage. 


Relaxing trigger points can release long held pain. 

Because of their exact anatomical location on nerve pathways, they can also reach the roots of referred pain.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

Dellus underwent a post graduate apprenticeship specifically to master the application of needling trigger points. We will always ensure the patients consent to perform dry needling.

Needling techniques are stronger than massage. Therefore you may feel sore or 'wiped out' after treatment, and this can last for 24-48 hours. 

If you are afraid of needles, they are not essential during treatment and alternative methods of treatment can be applied as an Osteopath.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are the acupuncture needles sterile?

A. Absolutely! The acupuncture needles are procured from reputable companies who specialise in medical supplies. 

They arrive in their own sterile packets, which are covered by a feeder tube. The feeder tube keeps the needle from being touched by the practitioner and ensures the needle is kept sterile at all times.

Further safe guards in our procedure, mean your practitioner will clean the area with an alcohol solution to make sure the working area is also as clean as possible. You’d be surprised how dirty areas of skin can get by simply travelling from A to B in a city like London. 

Q. Do the acupuncture needles hurt when they go in?

A. Generally, No! The acupuncture needles are extremely sharp and thin, so 99.9% of the time you actually barely feel the needles going in.

Q. What does Dry Needling feeling like?

A. 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. 

Q. Will I be sore after and how long for?

A. Yes. We expect you to be sore for 24-48 hours. 

You will feel where the acupuncture needles have been. It does depend on tiredness, stress levels, if you’d eaten or drunk enough water or if it’s your first time on the treatment table.

We also have to take in to account severity of symptoms, personal thresholds and what is necessary to achieve results. 

Your practitioner will inform you what to expect. Sometimes you might be sore for 36 hours and other occasions it might be 4 hours.