What You Need To Know About Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique commonly used by Physiotherapists in the know. Many physiotherapists throughout Australia are now trained in the use of acupuncture needles to assist with pain and rehabilitation.

Dry needling is a simple procedure which specifically targets and restores muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. 

This is important as continued activity with poor muscle function can lead to further tissue damage and even increased pain. Dry needling is not meant to replace conventional medical procedures such as physiotherapy or surgery, however when combined with conventional treatment options, dry needling can be an influential method to accelerate pain reduction, healing and the restoration of damaged tissue. 

The exact mechanisms of dry needling are complex and not fully known. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the positive effect inserting a needle has on the electrical and chemical communications that take place in our own nervous system. 

These include inhibiting the transmission of pain signals in our spinal cord and increasing our brains release of pain relieving chemicals. The pain relieving effect of dry needling is gaining strong support in mainstream Western medicine, with public hospital systems now directly funding its use.

This sounds great, but is it safe?  

Dry needling is a very safe treatment. At our Physiotherapy Clinic in Keilor East we are trained in using a ‘clean’ technique, and only individually packaged, single use, sterile needles are ever used. The needles are very fine and very rarely does any bleeding or bruising occurs at the insertion site.

Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Dry needling, unlike acupuncture, does not have guidelines for practice.

So make sure you are visiting an Australian Physiotherapy Association member for your treatment!