What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an effective technique for the treatment of muscle pain and spasms. Dry Needling Brisbane involves inserting a fine filament needle (the same needles used in acupuncture) into the irritable part of the muscle – known as a “Trigger Point’. The spot is painful to pressure and can refer pain elsewhere, as well as reducing 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 (a sensation like a short muscle cramp), to relax the overactive muscles. The needle is very thin and most people don’t feel it entering 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. Acupuncture and Dry Needling only share the same tool – an Acupuncturist is practicing a traditional medicine system, dry needling practice is based on recent science.
Our experienced Myotherapists Liza Markova & Roger Morelli are qualified to provide expert Dry Needling and comply with all health guidelines in Dry Needling delivery.
Can I just have a Dry Needling Treatment? Is there an extra cost for Dry Needling?
At Knead Massage Brisbane, dry Needling can be combined with Remedial Massage or Myotherapy, or a stand alone treatment. Dry Needling is included in Myotherapy treatments, but will be an extra cost if you have this with a Remedial Therapist.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
As with any bodywork there is a minor risk of injury and this is why we only allow therapists to administer Dry Needling if they have above industry standard qualifications. A clinician must have a high level understanding of anatomy to identify the appropriate points and avoid nerve tissue.
To have Dry Needling as part of your treatment you will need to provide written consent.
As the needles are very fine and not inserted very far into the tissue the treatment is safe as long as the proper guidelines are followed. Our Dry Needling Therapists have excellent anatomy knowledge.
What Conditions can be treated?
- Headaches (cervicogenic and tension)
- knee cap pain
- TMD pain and tension
- calf tension
- hamstring tension
- gluteal pain
- piriformis syndrome
- sciatica pain
- muscle spasms
- frozen shoulder
- office related arm pain
- mortons neuroma
- plantar fasciitis (fasciopathy)
When performed by a suitably trained and qualified individual such as a Myotherapist – dry needling is statistically very safe with few recorded negative outcomes. Specific Myotherapy training for dry needling is extensive - lasting between 3-12 months and involving hundreds of clinical hours.
Dry needling without electro can be very effective for many conditions including neck and shoulder tension, calf and hamstring spasm, glute pain, piriformis syndrome, forearm pain, hip flexor tension, TMD (tempro mandibular disorder) and tension headache. With the addition of electro (TENS) to the needle nerve conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, Bells Palsy, Sciatica,Trigeminal Neuralgia and cervical radiculopathy, carpal tunnel are easily managed.
Neck and shoulder tension, calf and hamstring spasm, glute pain, piriformis syndrome, hip flexor tension and tension headache. With the addition of electro (TENS) to the needle nerve conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, Bells Palsy, Sciatica,Trigeminal Neuralgia and cervical radiculopathy, carpal tunnel and forearm pain
This depends on the size of the patient and region being needled. Generally 15-20mm is sufficient unless you are trating a large muscle such as the hamstring or glute medius.
Your therapist will show you any appropriate stretches. Heat is good – so a few minutes with a warm wheatbag will assist the muscle relaxation through increased blood flow. Topical linaments such as tiger balm or physio crème are also helpful.
Not all dry needling will make you sore. Needling with the intention of provoking a twitch in the muscle will certainly make the muscle feel tight and mildly irritable for approximately 12 hours. Usually sleeping resolves this irritation unless there have been multiple twitches in the muscle – a good rule of thumb is three twitches.
The only similarity is the tools used – acupuncture needles. Acupuncture is a part of a complete medical tradition relating to the flow of energy through meridians in the body. Dry needling affect the nervous system is measurable ways.
Dry needling is safe during pregnancy. Studies have looked at the acupuncture points used to induce birth and found that these claims are unsubstantiated
Dry needling is evidence based – but not a magical intervention for everything – the conditions that we discuss have strong scientific support for the use of a needling intervention.