Dry Needling: An effective technique to relieve pain and treat injuries

What is dry needling?


Dry needling is a treatment technique that involves the insertion of fine acupuncture type needles into muscle trigger points to release the contraction knot in a muscular band.

Uses of this technique

This technique is a useful and very safe treatment option for patients suffering from soft tissue pain and sports injuries including:

  • Various knee conditions
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Achilles tendonopathy
  • Shin splits
  • Muscular strains and strains
  • And many more!!

Benefits of dry needling  


Dry needling can be used to relieve pain, restore normal muscle and joint function and increase flexibility by relaxing tight muscle bands, stimulating the release of endorphins and increasing blood supply to the region to stimulate healing.

 Dry needling vs Acupuncture

Dry needling is different to traditional Acupuncture.

Dry needling in based on western anatomical and physiological principles using acupuncture type needles. The needles are inserted and moved slightly aiming to achieve a small muscle twitch which usually results in a reflex relaxation of the muscle.

Acupuncture, based on traditional Chinese medicine, involves the insertion of thin needles into the body acupuncture points and are usually left for a certain time period.

Sensation of dry needling

The needle, once inserted, is directed down into the trigger point which may stimulate the feeling of a deep cramping of the muscle along with some involuntary muscle jumps/twitches. This is called the local twitch response (LTR) and means that we are positively affecting the desired tissue.

Expectations after needling

After dry needling it is common to experience an ache or mild fatigue sensation in the treated area for the rest of the day. In this period heavy/intense exercise isn’t recommended. Some patients will get instant relief of their injury/condition following dry needling while others feel better after 1-2 days.

Dry needling is an effective technique used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques and exercise prescription to ensure return to normal function.

Contact Northern Beaches Physiotherapy to make an appointment to see one of ours physios.

Ph [02] 9971 2185


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