Dry Needling Acupuncture

What is Dry needling?

Dry needling involves the insertion of thin single-use, sterile needles into a muscle at the site of myofascial trigger points (also known as pressure points or knots) with the aim of improving or restoring function. 

Dry needling is based on Western medicine principles and is increasingly being used by physiotherapists in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. The physiotherapists at 4 Life Physiotherapy are trained in dry needling and often use it in conjunction with other physiotherapy modalities as part of your overall treatment plan.

Dry Needling Works By:

  • Improving blood flow – this brings nutrients and oxygen to the site to stimulate healing and helps to flush pain producing toxins out of the muscle.
  • Relaxing tight muscles and reducing muscle spasm – dry needling has an inhibitory effect on muscles. Muscle spasm is often the cause of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Release of neurochemicals, such as endorphins, serotonin and natural anti-inflammatory mediators which assist with pain relief and relaxation.

All of this helps with pain relief and improving tissue function and healing.

What can dry needling help with?

  • Muscular or nerve pain 
  • Headaches
  • Arthritic pain
  • Muscle tightness / trigger point releases
  • Increasing range of motion 
  • Assisting with muscle control and activation 
  • Bruising and tissue healing (sprains, strains and injuries)

Dry needling can be used for a number of musculoskeletal problems. As dry needling targets the muscle tissue it can be beneficial in the treatment of any condition where muscle pain or tightness is an issue.

Is it safe? What are the risks/side effects to dry needling?

Dry needling is a safe technique when performed by someone who is trained and qualified.  The needles are all sterile, single use needles which are disposed of following your treatment. We NEVER reuse needles or use a needle that has previously been opened.  

There may occasionally be some normal minor side effects to dry needling, such as feeling tender or sore in the treated area following the session, feeling tired or sleepy and small bruises. 

Is it painful?

When the needle is inserted you may feel a slight prick and you may have a brief muscle twitch response (where your muscle twitches/contracts quickly in response to the needle), but once the needles are inserted you generally cannot feel them or they may have a “heavy” or warm sensation.

After the treatment you may experience discomfort in the area for up to 48 hours afterwards. This can be a normal response and is not a cause for concern. 

As with all treatment modalities at 4 Life Physiotherapy your therapist will explain the procedure to you and ask for your informed consent prior to commencing dry needling. If you are not comfortable with this procedure let your therapist know and they can discuss other treatment options with you.

If you would like to find out more about dry needling or any other services provided here at 4 Life Physiotherapy please feel free to give us a call to discuss any questions you may have on 08 9583 5200.