What is Dry Needling?

Trigger Point Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles. This results in the deep tissue release allowing for improvements in movement and pain. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot as the use of fine filament needles is used to release taut bands or nodules located in the skeletal muscles, which aims to reduce pain. These trigger points (taut band) can be sensitive to pressure, which may also cause referred pain to other parts of the body.

Benefits of Dry Needling include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Stimulate muscles to contract and relax
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Help control sport related injuries
  • Improve range of motion

What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Dry Needling is a not the same as acupuncture, although there are similarities between the two techniques. The main difference between Dry Needling and acupuncture is the theory behind why the techniques work. Dry Needling is primarily focused on the reduction of pain and restoration of function through the release of myofascial trigger points in muscle. In comparison, acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through key points in the body (meridians) to restore balance.

What are the Side Effects of Dry Needling?

Every form of treatment can carry associated risk. Your physiotherapist can explain the risks and can determine whether Dry Needling is suitable for you based on your injury and your general health.

When Dry Needling is performed, single-use, sterile needles are always used and disposed of immediately after use into a certified sharps container.

What Will You Feel During Dry Needling Treatment?

During a Dry Needling treatment, you may feel a slight sting as the needle is inserted and removed. However, this discomfort should last no longer than a second before settling. 

A brief muscle twitch can also be experienced during a Dry Needling treatment. This may occur during treatment when the needle is inserted into a myofascial trigger point.


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