Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and muscle spasms. Dry Needling involves insertion of a fine filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. A trigger point is a hyper irritable spot in a skeletal muscle. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness and reduced range of movement. Myofascial trigger points are commonly seen in both acute and chronic pain conditions like tension headaches, back pain, neck and shoulder pain.
The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response or a sensation like a muscle cramp, to relax the overactive muscles, deactivate the trigger point, reduce pain and restore normal length function to the involved muscle. The needle used is very thin and most clients do not even feel it penetrate the skin. The treatment is intended to be comfortable and painless.
Dry Needling approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture.
Our Musculoskeletal therapist Wendy Bruce and Remedial therapist Roger Morelli are qualified to provide Dry Needling and comply with all health guidelines in Dry Needling delivery.
Dry Needling is used by either Remedial Massage therapists who have completed a course in addition to their RM Diploma or by Myotherapists, Musculoskeletal Therapists or Physiotherapists. It is usually used in conjunction with other bodywork techniques to treat the affected area.