Dry Needling

Dry Needling” involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed. They often occur as a result of neuromuscular dysfunction and in areas of musculoskeletal stress. Everyone has trigger points but when they are deactivated it can allow for more efficient movement, increased flexibility and lead to a decrease in pain.

Dry needling is an invasive procedure which involves inserting a thin filament needle into the skin and muscle directly at a Myofascial trigger point. The evidence base dry needling in various areas of physiotherapy, has increased substantially over the past decade. Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Neuromuscular dysfunction and imbalances are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms.  In particular, research has grown to provide evidence-based support in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension type and migraine headaches, pelvic girdle pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain and shoulder conditions.

The treatment of muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain mechanisms in the nervous system. Most people claim to feel minimal pain or discomfort during dry needling and describe it as a completely different sensation to needles they have experienced in the past. Our Physiotherapists are trained in prong dry needling to clients on if required to help them with their pain.