What is dry needling?
Myofascial dry needling uses ultra-fine sterile disposable single use needles to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points in muscles and connective tissue, helping to alleviate persistent neuromusculoskeletal pain, as well as helping restore range or function in certain conditions.
To practice dry needling, a physiotherapist must complete secondary qualifications after completing their degree.
How does it work?
There exist myofascial trigger points - hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with hypersensitive palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle. These can refer pain in a predictable pattern. These areas are stimulated via the needle, resulting in a reduction or resolution in symptoms.
Additionally dry needling stimulates the production of a neurotransmitter called enkephalin - a neurotransmitter that dampens pain signals to the brain.
In order to get the most out of the session, dry needling is used with other manual therapy techniques as well as stretching/strengthening and neuromuscular re-education techniques.
What conditions can it help?
Dry needling can often achieve much faster results than other manual therapy techniques - in areas such as acute/chronic neck and back pain, muscle soreness - from postural overload at work to overdoing it at the gym or running. It can help restore range of motion in joints, as well as reducing tension in muscles. It can help reduce long standing pain via altered neuromodulation.
It can help alleviate:
Tension type headaches
Spinal joint and disc dysfunction
Whiplash associated disorders
Computer associated disorders
Carpal tunnel syndrome
General muscle tension
How can I get the most out of my session?
It is not recommended to complete strenuous physical exercise immediately after your session to achieve the best results. Discuss with your practitioner what stretches/exercises or heat/cold modalities would be best used in conjunction.
Brendan is fully qualified to practice dry needling as part of his physiotherapy services he offers. If you would like to see Brendan for dry needling, please arrange and appointment by calling (07) 3211 8775 or click here to book online.