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Dry Needling

Dry needling from a Physiotherapist is not acupuncture. Dry needling is a Western application based around muscle trigger points and myofascial tension, which uses acupuncture needles.  

  1. Dry needling is a safe and easy way to ease sore spots in muscles. A thin needle is inserted into the muscle and used to stimulate a pathway response to the brain to reduce an area of soreness.
  3. Needling can be safely applied to most muscles of the body, including the deeper muscles, which are sometimes hard to stretch or don’t benefit from massage or foam rolling. Dry needling insertion is usually pain free but sometimes the local twitch response of the muscle may be sore or unexpected for a brief period.


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Benefits of Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by physiotherapists to treat various musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific trigger points or tight knots in muscles to alleviate pain and improve muscle function. Here are four benefits of dry needling in physiotherapy:

1. Pain Relief:
– Targeted Approach: Dry needling allows physiotherapists to precisely target and release trigger points or tight muscles that are the source of pain. This can provide rapid and effective pain relief, especially for conditions like muscle spasms, tension, or chronic pain.
– Pain Modulation: The needles used in dry needling can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. This can help reduce pain perception and improve overall comfort.

2. Improved Muscle Function:
– Muscle Relaxation: Dry needling promotes muscle relaxation by releasing tension and reducing muscle tightness. This can improve muscle flexibility and range of motion, making it easier for patients to move and perform exercises.
– Enhanced Blood Flow: Needle insertion can increase blood circulation in the treated area, which can aid in the healing process and promote tissue repair.

3. Faster Recovery:
– Complementary Treatment: Dry needling can be used alongside other physiotherapy techniques, such as exercise therapy and manual therapy, to enhance their effectiveness. This synergistic approach can lead to quicker recovery from injuries or musculoskeletal conditions.
– Reduced Muscle Spasms: By addressing muscle knots and trigger points, dry needling can help reduce the frequency and severity of muscle spasms, allowing patients to engage in rehabilitation exercises more comfortably.

4. Minimized Side Effects:
– Non-Pharmacological: Dry needling is a non-pharmacological approach to pain management, which means it doesn’t involve medications with potential side effects or dependencies.
– Few Adverse Reactions: When performed by a trained and licensed physiotherapist, dry needling has a low risk of adverse reactions. It is generally well-tolerated by most patients.

It’s important to note that dry needling should only be performed by licensed healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, who have received specialized training in this technique. Patients should also discuss the potential risks and benefits of dry needling with their healthcare provider to determine if it is an appropriate treatment option for their specific condition.