What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique used to release myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle) by inserting fine filament acupuncture needles into the muscle. It can be a very beneficial addition to your treatment program when recovering from an injury.
Dry needling can also be helpful in times where:
- Muscles are harder to reach
- Trigger points or massages aren’t well tolerated or have been ineffective
- We want to release a number of muscle fibres quickly and efficiently
What does treatment involve?
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 fine needle is then “tapped in” to the layer of the 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?
While there are similarities between the techniques of dry needling and acupuncture, the two practices have different theories as to why they work.
Dry needling is used to release overworked muscle fascicles to reduce pain and restore functionality.
Acupuncture is a more traditional Eastern Style approach which is based around Qi-Energy flow and meridians. It uses the same needles that are placed in such a way as to promote optimal flow.
Most of our physiotherapists follow the dry needling approach, however Allan Bourke is also a fully qualified Acupuncturist.
Which physiotherapist should I see?
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, Declan Price, Ann-Lise Domingue, Rob Standen and Allan Bourke