Dry Needling at The compass health clinic

Dry Needling in Finchley

dry needling Finchley

Why choose dry needling?

We use various techniques at Compass Health Clinic in Finchley, with dry needling being one of our most popular. What makes our dry needling sessions different to other practices, is that we combine dry needling with other gentle osteopathic techniques which we’ve found can help reduce the chances of any post-treatment soreness. Here are just some of the symptoms we treat using dry needling at Compass Health Clinic:

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What does dry needling involve?

All dry needling treatments at our Finchley clinic begin with a detailed case history. This is where we ask you about your symptoms and past medical history, so that we can not only make sure we give you the correct diagnosis, but also ensure that the treatment is going to be safe and effective. 

Our needles are “dry,” meaning they do not contain any medication. However they do penetrate the skin so we ask all patients bring appropriate clothing for their session.

If treating the upper body, this usually means being comfortable removing your top, so if you’re a woman having a bra is recommended. If treating legs or glutes then we recommend bringing appropriate underwear. We will always offer towels so that your modesty is kept at all times and you are never made to feel uncomfortable.

If at any point you do feel uncomfortable, we will always offer you a variety of different techniques that you feel happier with. 

Does dry needling hurt?

Whether a treatment session is uncomfortable can depend on a variety of things.

The vast majority of patients who have dry needling do not find it painful, however it can all depend on how sensitive your body is on that day.

If you are feeling particularly “tight,” just like having a sports massage, it can sometimes be uncomfortable at the beginning. 

If you take a close look at the picture on the right here, you should be able to spot a plastic cover that surrounds the needle.

This cover isn’t just to protect the needle itself, its real use is far cleverer than that.

Before the practitioner applies the needle to the area, they push the plastic firmly against the skin, which in turn tricks the brain into focusing on that sensation. This allows the practitioner to apply the needle without the patient feeling it at all. 

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We're ready to help you navigate your pain when you are

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