If you visit one of North West Physiotherapy clinics across Brisbane our therapists may recommend dry needling as part of your personalised treatment plan.

Using highly targeted trigger points, dry needling may help provide relief to a wide range of pain and ailments. Here at North West Physio, it is typically offered during your physiotherapy session in conjunction with manual therapy and exercises.

Our clinicians have done additional dry needling training to ensure the very best outcomes for our patients. We always strive to find the right combination of treatment techniques for your specific ailment and will carry out a thorough assessment of your condition to determine if dry needling is recommended for you.

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What is Dry Needling and What Does it Involve?

Dry needling involves “dry” needles – which don’t contain fluid – being inserted into a person’s muscle tissue trigger points.

These needles are incredibly fine and this process aims to relieve pain and discomfort and muscle spasms by firing off the nerve fibres and stimulating the body’s natural inflammatory response.

We utilise single-use needles which are always disposed of immediately after a treatment, and strict hygiene measures are also in place.

Possible Benefits of Dry Needling

Not everyone will benefit from dry needling, but those who do may experience:

  • Pain relief
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Improved circulation, and/or
  • Improved muscle activation

What conditions is Dry Needling often used to treat?

Dry needling is only ever one component of an individualised treatment plan and will always be used in conjunction with other treatment methods – such as manual therapy, exercises and electrotherapy.

It is often used to assist with:

  • Back pain
  • Joint and muscle pain or tightness
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Headaches

One of our trusted physiotherapists will need to assess your condition to determine if dry needling is an appropriate part of your treatment program.


Does dry needling hurt?

The level of pain is different for everyone and some people may feel very little discomfort during this treatment.

When the fine needles are inserted into the acupoints (trigger points),  you may feel a slight pin prick which gives temporary discomfort, rather than pain.

Following this, people often experience a deep needling sensation which differs from person to person. It may be an ache, warmth, heaviness or tingling.

Who performs dry needling at North West Physio?

At North West Physiotherapy, dry needling is performed by experienced physiotherapists. Strict hygiene rules are followed and every physiotherapist utilises single-use disposable needles.

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