Dry Needling

Dry needling is the insertion of solid filament acupuncture needles into the skin and muscle directly into a myofascial triggerpoint.

A Myofascial triggerpoint (knot) consists of multiple contraction knots, that are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. The Dry Needling approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles, (Travell & Simons 1999).

Dry Needling works by inserting a needle into trigger points. These points are then stimulated in order to elicit Local Twitch Responses, (spinal reflexes), thus causing biochemical changes. This is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

What can Dry Needling help?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Conditions which respond to dry needling include:

  • Headaches & Migranes
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfers & Tennis elbow
  • • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hamstring strains
  • Shin splints
  • Muscular Spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Leg pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries


Photograph of dry needling

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