Acupuncture and Dry Needling

What is it and how does it work?

Acupuncture and Dry Needling involve the insertion of thin, sterile, disposable needles into the skin to eliminate trigger points. A dry needling practitioner uses needles that vary according to the muscle group that they’re working on.

A qualified dry needling practitioner is an expert in palpation and can identify a trigger point relevant to the clinical presentation. Our practitioners have the ability to use massage techniques to release trigger points; however, they are also able to use needling for the same purpose and improve patients pain presentations.

Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists commonly use dry needling as part of a larger treatment plan for pain. The technique is used to release or inactivate trigger points to improve range of motion and relieve pain. It also helps with inflammation as the body is stimulated to bring blood flow to the area; this helps flush out inflammation, therefore improving circulation.

Dry needling can also help improve nerve flow by decreasing muscle tightness, improving joint position and improving the way the joint and muscles work together. During treatment, connective tissues and joint capsules can also be targeted.

Screening process

Prior to the treatment, the practitioner will assess the patient’s health to determine which areas of their body may benefit from needling. A thorough review of the patient’s general medical history and current medications is performed to determine if dry needling is suitable. The practitioner will provide information on the risks and benefits, and Informed Consent will be obtained before proceeding.

Who can benefit from Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Needling is appropriate for people suffering from a variety of pain presentations, including:

  • Chronic and acute injuries
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches
  • Tendinopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia

The most common side effects are mild skin bruising and muscle soreness.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling is most effective when combined with thorough assessment, appropriate diagnosis and remedial massage within an individualised treatment plan.

Ready to make an appointment?

To book online, please CLICK HERE.

To book a Remedial Massage with an Acupuncture / Dry Needling consultation, please select ‘Remedial Massage’.

To book a Physiotherapy consultation for thorough injury management assessment, with Dry Needling as part of the treatment plan, please select the relevant treatment under the ‘Physiotherapy’ tab.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our friendly team on (02) 4314 5183.