Dry needling is derived from traditional chinese acupuncture and has recently been recognised by Western Medicine as being particularly helpful in musculoskeletal medicine and pain management.
Dry needling involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles (single-use) tapped painlessly into the skin and muscle at a moyfascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point (sometimes referred to as a “knot” in the muscle) can be defined as a small area within a muscle, which after an injury can remain painful for a period of time long after the original problem has healed. This can cause pain that can refer to other areas, resulting in stiffness, tenderness and other problems.
Proper dry needling of a myofascial trigger point will elicit a localised feeling of heaviness, numbness or tingling via the stimulation of very tiny nerve endings which cause changes in blood chemistry and hormones, which in turn reduces pain and influences healing. Dry needling has been shown to be very effective in both acute and chronic conditions.
At Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy, our therapists use dry needling to assist healing for a wide range of injuries and disorders including:
- Migraines and headaches
- Neck pain
- Thoracic pain
- Tennis elbow
- Tendon injuries
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Gluteal pain
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle strains
- Calf muscle tears
- Hamstring tears
- Groin pain
Dry needling alone cannot resolve muscle dysfunction but it certainly assists in healing and our therapists use it to compliment other therapeutic techniques to resolve musculoskeletal injuries.
If you want to learn more about how dry needling can help you, contact us to speak to one of our highly trained therapists.