Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Utilize dry needling to reduce pain, relieve tension, and improve daily mobility!

Dry Needling is a medical technique performed by a skilled physiotherapist to immediately reduce pain, relieve muscle tension, and improve mobility. It is used in a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, sciatica, hip or knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis or golfer’s elbow, overuse injuries, and much more.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physiotherapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

Is this Acupuncture?

There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Licensed physiotherapists can use dry needling under the scope of their practice. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.

What is treatment like?

For most people there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. Our physiotherapists strive to make the treatment virtually painless however, at times, you may experience a “twitch response” which often feels like a quick muscle cramp or ache. These sensations are normal and even desirable at times. Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness. Dry Needling is a powerful treatment technique that when in used with conjunction with our other physiotherapy treatments, can help you relieve your pain and improve your function quickly!