Acupuncture and Dry needling
Dry Needling – also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling – is a specialist technique that may be introduced by the Physiotherapist during a treatment session.
It involves the physiotherapist inserting a very thin needle through the skin to stimulate a trigger point within a muscle. These points are identified using our expertise and experience during the assessment.
The Trigger Points are irritable, hard “knots” that may cause pain over a large area, leading to difficulty performing everyday tasks. Dry needling may release the tight muscle bands associated with trigger points and lead to decreased pain and improved function. When the needle is inserted in the muscle and trigger point it may undergo a localised contraction known as a ‘twitch’. There may be a feeling of a deep ache also. We can assure you that these are normal and should result in the therapeutic benefit from the technique.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) reports: ‘Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation’.
Our Physiotherapists are highly trained in this evidence-based treatment technique and use as part of your overall treatment where appropriate to assist patients in optimal performance, reduction in pain and rehabilitation.