What is Dry Needling?

“Dry Needling” is a therapy that is used to treat Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction.  It is also known as “Trigger Point Needling”.

Dry Needling Therapy makes use of fine solid acupuncture needles in order to release the trigger points in the muscle.  This technique is based on Western Anatomical and Physiological Principles unlike Acupuncture that is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine Principles.  Saying that, Dry Needling is used in conjunction with other forms of manual and physical therapy treatments like exercises, postural training, etc and not used as an independent mode of treatment.

The origin of Dry Needling dates back to the early 1940s, when it was first described by Dr. Janet Travell.  In the initial phase, the injections used saline or analgesics that were injected into the trigger points to give pain relief.  Over time though, it has been proved that it is not the content being injected that provided therapeutic relief, but the mechanical stimulus provided by insertion of needles in the trigger points that provide the relief.

So, now the obvious question is “What are Trigger Points?”  A Trigger Point is a Hyperirritable spot in a tight band of muscle which is painful when pressed.  It is often referred to as a “Knot” as well.

Dry Needling uses the fine solid acupuncture needles to release these trigger points.  The result of insertion of the needle to the trigger point is a “Local Twitch Response” that releases the knot and thereby reduces the pain.  The needles being used are very fine and hence you will usually not even feel them when they are inserted.  You may feel the prick when the needle touches the trigger point though.  There are no major side effects of this treatment except mild soreness of the muscles or skin bruising, but it is forgivable given the benefits in terms of pain relief gained from the therapy.

Wyndham Physio has highly trained Physiotherapists who can give Dry Needling Treatment to give you pain relief.   So, if you are looking out for “Dry Needling Therapy in Tarneit”, fill out the Appointment Request form on our website.