The process of dry needling involves a sterile single – use stainless needle being gently inserted into the painful part of the muscle (the trigger point). The needle is then gently manipulated, which may produce a slightly painful “twitch response” in the muscle. After a short period, the needle is then removed. The benefits of dry needling are to relax or release the muscle with the aim of permanently reducing the associated pain and restoring muscle function.
Dry needling is a very safe and relaxing process. In some cases, a needle being inserted into a trigger point muscle can create a slight ache, but many patients do not feel the needles being inserted at all. After a dry needling session, patients might feel a little tired but there are no lingering effects and most people are able to continue with their daily activities.
All of our physiotherapists are trained in dry needling and are approved by ACT Health for infection control.