What are the benefits of dry needling?
Dry needling can be a very beneficial addition to your treatment program when recovering from injury.
It uses fine filament acupuncture needles to release overactive muscle fascicles (also known as knots or trigger points).
This can be very helpful in times where:
- Muscles are harder to reach (e.g. very deep or in a position hard to reach with fingers)
- Trigger points or massage aren't well tolerated or have been ineffective
- We want to release a number of muscle fibres very quickly and efficiently
How does it work?
After a complete assessment of you specific injury, your physiotherapist will determine which muscles are overactive and which would be beneficial to release. Choosing the right muscle to release is the crucial part!
The needle is then gently "tapped in" to the layer of your muscle. This will often generate a "twitch response" or small spasm in the muscle.
After a number of seconds the muscle fibre will then relax.
This can create additional range of motion in joints that the muscle was attached to
Dry Needling or Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a more traditional Eastern Style approach which is based around Qi-Energy flow and meridians. It uses the same needles and but the needles will be placed in such a way as to promote optimal flow.
Most of our physiotherapists follow the dry needling approach (use of needles to release tight muscles), however Allan Bourke is also a fully qualified Acupuncturist.
Who Does Dry Needling?
If you would like to try dry needling, you will first need to be assessed by the physiotherapist to determine if it will be beneficial to you. Our physiotherapists trained in dry needling are: Kajanaane Anurusalam, Emily Standen, Sam Mullany, Declan Price, Ann-Lise Domingue, Rob Standen and Allan Bourke