Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling is the insertion of small thin needles in muscles and tendons to release muscular tension, reduce pain and increase range of motion. The term “dry” needling is used, as there is no solution injected like we see with vaccinations. When we experience pain, trauma or inflammation we see the tissues go into a protective state and contact against further injury, this tension can often be the cause of pain and limits muscle and joint function. When we insert a needle into the muscle we experience increased blood flow to this area, which encourages the muscles to relax. You also experience a twitch response when the needle is inserted in which the muscle involuntarily contracts then relaxes at a deeper level upon removal of the needle.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Normally you won’t feel the needle penetrate the skin, however you may feel the contraction in the muscle upon entry of the needle. After the treatment you may feel some tenderness in the muscle and some aching is normal, similar to that after deep tissue massage. Occasionally some very mild bruising can occur where the needle has been inserted but this tends to be a less common side effect.

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Is dry needling acupuncture?

In short, no. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine based around the concept of needling certain points in the body related to channels or meridians.

Dry needing follows evidence based guidelines and targets anatomical locations that are causing pain or hindering function.

What parts of the body can be Dry Needled?

We only use needling for specific conditions and not all parts of the body are suitable for this form of treatment. We will always make the decision to use the correct treatment modalities to suit each injury and which will get the best results, and sometimes dry needling just isn’t applicable.

Below is a list of injuries and conditions we commonly use dry needling to treat:

  • Muscle tension
  • Tennis elbow
  • Overuse injury
  • Scar tissue breakdown
  • Knee pain


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