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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used by some healthcare practitioners, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and some medical doctors, to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It involves the insertion of thin needles (similar to acupuncture needles) into trigger points or specific areas of muscle tissue to alleviate pain, improve muscle function, and promote healing.

Key Aspects of Dry Needling

Dry needling targets trigger points, which are hyperirritable spots within a muscle associated with knots or tight bands. These trigger points can cause pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and referred pain to other areas.
The insertion of the needle into trigger points can stimulate a local twitch response in the muscle, causing it to relax. This twitch response is believed to release tension and improve blood flow, which can help reduce pain and promote healing.
While dry needling uses thin needles similar to acupuncture, it differs in its focus and underlying principles. Dry needling primarily targets musculoskeletal issues, specifically trigger points within muscles, aiming to release tension and alleviate pain. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and aims to balance the body’s energy flow along meridians.
Dry needling is commonly used to address various musculoskeletal conditions, including chronic pain, muscle tightness, myofascial pain syndrome, headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and sports-related injuries.
When performed by a trained and licensed practitioner, dry needling is generally considered safe. However, as with any invasive procedure, there can be potential risks such as bruising, soreness at the needle insertion site, or very rarely, more serious complications. It’s essential to seek treatment from a qualified practitioner to minimize risks.
Dry needling is often used as part of a broader treatment plan that may include other physiotherapy interventions such as exercises, manual therapy, stretching, and education on posture or ergonomics.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Needling

  • What is Dry Needling and how does it differ from acupuncture?

    Dry Needling is a therapeutic technique involving the insertion of thin needles into trigger points within muscles, tendons, or connective tissues. Unlike acupuncture, which is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Dry Needling focuses on treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction by targeting specific trigger points associated with pain and muscle tightness.

  • What conditions can be effectively treated with Dry Needling?

    Dry Needling is commonly used to address a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including but not limited to chronic pain, muscle spasms, tension headaches, sports injuries, and myofascial pain syndrome. It can be beneficial for individuals with conditions such as neck pain, back pain, shoulder impingement, and sciatica.

  • Is Dry Needling painful, and are there any potential side effects?

    While the insertion of needles may cause a brief discomfort, Dry Needling is generally well-tolerated. Patients often report a sensation of muscle twitching or a dull ache during the procedure. Mild soreness may occur post-treatment, but serious side effects are rare. It's important to discuss any concerns or medical history with your practitioner before undergoing Dry Needling.

  • How many sessions of Dry Needling are typically needed for noticeable results?

    The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual's condition, its severity, and how well the body responds to the treatment. Some people experience relief after just one session, while others may need multiple sessions for optimal results. A qualified healthcare professional will assess your specific situation and create a personalized treatment plan.

  • Who can benefit from Dry Needling, and are there any contraindications?

    Dry Needling can be beneficial for individuals of various ages and fitness levels who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. Contraindications include certain medical conditions, pregnancy, or a fear of needles. It's crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if Dry Needling is a suitable and safe option for your specific health circumstances.

Before considering dry needling or any other therapeutic intervention, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your specific condition, treatment options, and any potential risks or benefits associated with the procedure. Additionally, ensure that the practitioner performing dry needling is appropriately trained and licensed in this technique.

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Our Testimonials

Mitchell Duncan
Mitchell Duncan
Very accomadating and lovely people to help any and all ailments. They really help you put your mind as ease about injuries and recovery.
Salma Muriel
Salma Muriel
Best Physio clinic very polite they listen to you.Prabha and Jan treated me for my shoulder they arefull of knowledge.I recomend this place.
Michael & Helen Stirling
Michael & Helen Stirling
My therapist is kind and understanding. She takes the time to explain the therapy and why its beneficial for me. She gives me the opportunity to hold myself accountable but helps me understand the importance of doing the exercises on my own. I love it here! I have felt welcomed since the first day.
Professional team, clean clinic, nice people, I was happy with this type of treatment. It helped me a lot .
Sarah Baidas
Sarah Baidas
Very helpful clinic, they work one on one with you, giving multiple specific exercises to help lessen or prevent pain. They’ve helped me a lot so far, 10/10 would recommend!