Dry needling involves inserting acupuncture needles into dysfunctional or altered tissue, such as tendons with delayed healing or trigger points. Western acupuncture is generally using similar points to the meridian lines but using reasoning from western medicine (neurology, anatomy, physiology) to decide on which areas to needle.
Dry needling can help relieve pain, increase range of motion, improve strength and control of muscles and stimulate circulation. It is called dry needling as nothing is injected into the body through the needle. All our therapists who needle have taken specific training to do so.
Needling techniques can be useful for spinal (neck or lumbar/low back pain) or radicular/referred pain, tight muscles, tendons or muscles with myofascial trigger points or even delayed healing.
We see many patients every week who request and respond well to dry needling techniques. We often couple dry needling with massage therapy and physiotherapy techniques and often find it helps muscle spasm during treatment. Patients with tennis elbow, myofascial trigger points, shoulder pain and spinal pain benefit greatly from these sessions. As do patients with acute and chronic conditions.
We use trigger point dry needling techniques with a filament needle regularly for pain relief, tight muscles and muscle pain in general. A treatment session involving a combination of acupuncture, dry needling, physiotherapy and massage therapy is a wholistic approach.
Let us know if you would like to try dry needling or western acupuncture techniques at your next physiotherapy session. Before your physiotherapist uses needling as part of your treatment, you will receive an individualized assessment to determine if it is right for you. Get in touch with Brisbane 7 Day Physiotherapy today and get better, faster.
Our physiotherapists, based in Ferny Grove, will help get you on the road to recovery.