Dry needling is a technique where acupuncture needles are used to treat muscles experiencing myofascial pain and elicit a healing response. A “dry needle” (needle without medication) is inserted into specific points of the muscle, known as trigger points, in order to relax the muscle and release the pressure built up in that point. Dry needling technique is backed by scientific evidence and is increasingly popular in Physiotherapy due to its numerous health benefits in both pain relief and improving overall wellness.
Dry needling is not painful; however, you may experience an immediate ‘twitch’ response, followed by a dull ache that eases in a few minutes. A skilful treatment technique, dry needling sets off a chain of neurological events that result in an immediate decrease in muscle tension.
We use dry needling at Elite Health physio to treat:
- Back and neck pain – acute and chronic conditions
- Muscle strains
- Sciatic pain
- Pelvic pain
- Shoulder pain – Rotator cuff, Impingement syndromes
- Knee pain – Patellofemoral, meniscal/ligament tears
- Tendinopathy – RSI – i.e. tennis elbow, hamstring tendon
- General muscle tightness