Dry Needling

Dry needling is a specialised treatment modality focusing on treating pain and movement impairments on myofascial trigger points using fine needles. This can elicit a local twitch response that can aid in calming a hypertonic muscle, or awakening a muscle with poor neural firing activation.  Dry needling can stimulate the neural pathways that block pain by creating a disruption on the pain messages sent to the nervous central system.

Dry needling is suitable for all individuals regardless of age. However, there are certain individuals whereby dry needling treatments are contraindicated.  These can include:

  • Pregnant women (first trimester)
  • People with needle phobia
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What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that originated from Traditional Chinese medicine.  This involves the insertion of fine needles into the person’s skin to help relieve pain as well as rebalance the body’s natural energy called chi. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling does not concentrate on balancing the chi.


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