Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Our physiotherapists are highly trained in dry needling, a technique used in the treatment of muscle pain.  Dry needling can also be called anatomical acupuncture, trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.

Dry needling involves the use of a fine ‘dry’ needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin to stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points.

Dry needling is different to traditional Chinese acupuncture as it targets the muscle trigger point rather than energy disruptions. It is part of modern medicine principles and its benefits are well documented by research.

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. The taut band acts to constrict blood flow and compress nerves leading to tenderness on touch and referral of pain to other parts of your body.

What kind of needles are used?

The needles are fine stainless steel which allows the target of deep muscular tissues that are not manually palpable.

Our physiotherapists use the highest standard of infection prevention and the sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector.

Why dry needling?

Dry needling is one tool used as part of a larger treatment plan to bring about long-term health improvements. Dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalises movement and function.  This can help speed up  recovery and return to active rehabilitation.

Speak to our physiotherapist if you would like to learn more dry needling.