What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an effective technique used by physiotherapists to treat pain arising from muscles and/or nerves, involving the placement of a needle into a trigger point. A trigger point is a point within the muscle that can be painful to touch and can produce significant pain over a large area. These trigger points may be too deep to be effectively treated by other treatment techniques and by using needles, the treatment is far less painful.
The evidence base for dry needling in Physiotherapy has increased substantially over the past decade. Research provides evidence-based support in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension and migraine headaches, pelvic girdle pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain and shoulder conditions.
Dry Needling is an evidence-based treatment method
What type of problems can be treated?
It can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Some of the common conditions include:
- sore/stiff neck
- back and shoulder pain
- arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel)
- jaw pain
- leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms)
Dry Needling is not a fix-all solution, it’s usually just one piece of the puzzle and we use it with a combination of manual therapy treatment. We may incorporate this into your Physiotherapy treatment if required. We do not charge any extra for this treatment and we only use the highest quality, sterile, surgical steel needles.
we only use the highest quality, sterile, surgical steel needles
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Dry needling is different from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Both methods involve inserting a needle into the tissue, however there are significant differences in the evaluation, application and overall goal of the treatment. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture involves inserting needles along a meridian based on Eastern Medicine principles; often used to re-establish chi, or life energy, back in the body. Whereas Dry Needling involves an examination of the neuromuscular system and insertion of a needle within the muscle in order to decrease pain and restore function.