Dry Needling - Information

Because muscles are almost always involved in the most common physical injuries Sarah has been practicing dry needling since 2018 in the clinic. Dry Needling can be very beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as lower back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, golfers and tennis elbow and post injury treatment.

How does it work?

Dry Needling, also known as Intra Muscular Stimulation (IMS) is a process which involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into muscles in order to alleviate pain relax the muscle fibres, reducing pain and  restoring normal function.  Generally this technique is used in the treatment of injuries and their associated pain. The filiform needle is inserted directly into the myofacial trigger point which acts to increase circulation and thus speed up the repair of the surrounding tissue. 

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is an area of muscle which has been over exerted, this area is commonly referred to as a knot. Patients will find that the pain is localised around this area.  Dry Needling acts to release this knot. The needle insertion will have somewhat of an anaesthetic effect on the trigger point and is therefore a useful method of pain relief. 

What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use a fine filament needle or acupuncture needle, however dry needling is used to treat muscle pain while acupuncture is used to treat a multitude of general health conditions. The biggest difference between the two is in the philosophy with Dry Needling being based in modern western medical science and Acupuncture in Chinese Traditional Medicine.

What if I don’t like needles?

Sarah has been trained to deliver the most effective Dry Needling treatment using the minimum intervention  - there are many ways to minimise the pain felt when dry needling from the type and size of needle, the depth of insertion and the delivery method. Generally Dry Needling is pain free. The needles used are extremely thin and when inserted properly should barely be felt. Patients may report a slight twitch response upon insertion which can cause a moment of tingling, or a reproduction of the pain they are experiencing in that muscle. 

Is Dry Needling safe?

Dry Needling is very safe. In a study (Brady et al. 2013) of 7629 treatment which recorded the possible adverse events using dry needling it was found that dry needling had a very low percentage of serious outcomes (0.04%) as compared with the possible serious adverse reactions of taking Aspirin (18.7%) and Panadol(14.5%).

How could Dry Needling help my chiropractic treatment?

Dry Needling is a useful addition to your chiropractic care if you are dealing with long-term muscular pain. Sometimes the peripheral nerves aren’t communicating correctly, so this can help to re-calibrate what your nervous system is telling your muscles. 

Your prognosis is dependent on many factors including the length of time you have had pain, previous treatments, your general health, previous medical history and any medications you may be taking, however most people will find benefits from Dry Needling therapy after 3-5 treatments.


Dry Needling in the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain (2010)

Dry Needling – Peripheral and Central Considerations (2011)

Adverse events following trigger point dry needling: a prospective survey of chartered physiotherapists. Brady, Johnson, McEvoy, Dommerholt, Doody.


Thursday 27th of August 2020

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