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Dry Needling


The technique of Musculoskeletal acupuncture, also known as dry needling, uses a tool which is a fine needle. It is similar to the Eastern tradition of Acupuncture, the difference being, Acupuncture aims to influence “energy” and “meridians,” whereas dry needling effectively treats musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Fine, sterile, single use disposable needles are used. The fine needle is a precise method in which the therapist focuses on myofascial trigger points where a muscle can shorten and develop taut bands of muscle tissue creating discomfort and sensitivity. Firstly, the trigger point is identified, it can be a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that becomes painful when compressed. The fine needle is inserted directly into the trigger point of the dysfunctional muscle that may be contributing to pain.

A local ‘twitch’ response in the muscle fibre may occur, this is quickly alleviated, and any pain and dysfunction decrease dramatically.

Dry needling has established itself as a treatment that is minimally invasive, safe, effective, is very quick and easy to apply and provides fast results from trigger point pain.

Dry needling can be a ‘stand-alone’ treatment focusing on a specific injury or symptom. It is also a method that is often used in conjunction with a treatment plan to ensure long term relief of pain and increased physical function.

The following conditions are effectively treated by using the dry needling method:

Piriformis syndrome (sciatic pain)

Generalised knee pain

Shin splint conditions

Achilles tendon strain

Plantar fasciitis

Hip pain

Upper trapezius tension

Carpal tunnel or pain within the forearm

Shoulder pain including frozen shoulder

Rotator cuff injuries and tendonitis issues

Lower back pain, hamstrings often too are treated for ultimate results

Inflammation of tendons that attach the elbow – ‘Tennis’ and ‘Golfers’ elbow

ITB (iliotibial band syndrome) pain on the outside of the leg which can affect the knee

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