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What is dry needling

What is Dry Needling?

Any mention of needles may scare some people, but do you really know what is dry needling and how it can help you? In this blog we investigate in more detail.

Most clients benefit from a range of treatment techniques and your physiotherapist at North West Physiotherapy will find the correct combination to meet your health needs which may include dry needling.

So, to find out if you could benefit from dry needling, speak to one of our expert therapists today. Find all of our locations and contact details online here.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling is the insertion of fine, single-use acupuncture needles into a muscle tissue trigger point which is experiencing pain.  

This process stimulates the body’s natural inflammatory response to pain, by activating the natural pathways to switch off muscle spasm and relieve discomfort.  

In short, inserting the needle into the muscle tissue elicits a firing of the nerve fibres responsible for pain. This triggers a response in the spinal pathways and deep in the brain to provide relief and a relaxation of the contractile part of the muscle tissues. 

Does Dry Needling Hurt? 

You may feel a slight small pinch as the needle is inserted, but then they are often not felt at all afterwards.  

So, all in all the treatment is pain-free once the needle is inserted. Most people report a feeling of deep relaxation.  

What Conditions Does Dry Needling Help?  

Dry needling can be used for most musculoskeletal conditions where muscle spasm is involved.  

It can also be used for conditions requiring pain relief, such as: 

  • Headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles tendinopathy and other tendinopathies

Dry Needling and Other Treatments  

Physiotherapists are trained in many techniques to assist in the restoration of normal movement, strength and function.  

Most treatments will include a range of joint mobilisations, massage, exercise, advice and education and a pain-relieving technique.  

Your physiotherapist will find the right combination which best suits your needs and will tailor a personalised treatment plan. 

What is Dry Needling? 

If you think dry needling could help to relieve your discomfort, contact one of our four Brisbane clinics today.  

North West Physiotherapy is your one-stop pain relief and healthy living practice in Brisbane. With four clinics across North Brisbane; Everton ParkKeperra, Eatons Hill and Nundah our aim is to provide holistic healthcare solution to suit your specific lifestyle. 

Our services include Physiotherapy, Sports PhysioHydrotherapyPilates, PodiatryDry NeedlingMassageWomens Health, and Seniors Strength and Balance Classes. Please note that services vary across our clinics. 

Appointments available 6am – 7:30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 12:30pm on Saturdays. Book online here or call us on 07 3353 4111.