Dry Needling is a technique we at Primary Physio use to treat pain caused by both chronic and acute injuries. By inserting an acupuncture needle into trigger points the tight muscles targeted begin to relax.
Most of our physiotherapists are trained in dry needling and we combine this with our regular physiotherapy service.
So where exactly is the needle inserted?
The needle (a single use, thin filament needle to be precise) is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of small muscle fibre contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
How does dry needling work?
How it works exactly is still a bit of a mystery! We simply know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain.
Can dry needling really help with any injury?
The short answer is yes. Dry needling can be used for a range of injuries, from neck, back and shoulder pain to headaches, elbow and leg pain.
Is it painful?
Most patients don’t feel a thing when the needle is inserted. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation.
Where does dry needling fit into the treatment process?
It’s very common to initiate dry needling at the beginning of your treatment program in order to break the pain cycle. Once that is achieved, other treatment options are introduced.
If you’re in pain or discomfort, call our friendly team today on 1800 821 218.