DRY NEEDLING

Lauren Allport is an equine therapist based in Dubai. She has a degree in Equine Sports Therapy and is currently studying her Masters degree in Animal Chiropractic. She is qualified in dry needling techniques as well as laser therapy and sports massage. Lauren works with many horses at the top of their sport, be it showjumping or racing. With many of her clients having competed up to Nations Cup or Olympic level.

The horse has over 700 skeletal muscles which make up over 60% of its body weight. Pain and dysfunction can develop in any of these muscles or fascial tissue, which can limit training and performance.

Dry Needling involves the use of solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Dry needling can target the deepest tissues and can facilitate release of muscles and fascia allowing for improvements in movement, function,performacne and pain relief.

A “trigger point” is a hyper-irritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot.” This area becomes painful at the site and can cause a variety of issues for the equine athlete. Dry needling aims to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments). The result of dry needling is often seen as dramatic improvements in pain reduction and the restoration of healthy function in the muscle system. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive, shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the “twitch” response, which is part of the healing process achieved via dry needling). Most horses are very receptive to dry needling and feel marked improvements in muscle pain post treatment.