Dry needling is a therapy offered by Pollinate Health physiotherapy. It is a technique used to relieve muscle pain and improve muscle function by inserting fine needles into trigger points within the muscle.
Our physiotherapists use thin needles to penetrate trigger points or areas of muscle tension to stimulate the natural healing response of the body. Unlike acupuncture used in traditional Chinese medicine, dry needling is based on Western medical concepts and is used to target specific areas of the body to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Dry needling aims to release tension and promote healing by stimulating the body’s natural healing response. It can be used to offer pain relief for a variety of conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and headaches.
At Pollinate Health, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of care. Our physiotherapists are trained in the human body and its anatomy, allowing them to have a deep understanding of how to target specific muscles and trigger points to effectively relieve pain and improve muscle function.
Dry needling can also be used as part of a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan, which may include other techniques such as exercise and manual therapy.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled physiotherapists and learn more about how dry needling can benefit you.
Dry needling is a technique used by physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to treat pain and dysfunction in muscles and other soft tissues.
It is a technique that involves inserting fine needles into trigger points or tight bands of muscle to relieve pain and improve function.
Dry needling is thought to work through several mechanisms, including:
When a needle is inserted into a trigger point, it can cause a twitch response, which is a brief contraction of the muscle fibres. This twitch response helps to release tension in the muscle and can promote healing by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area.
Dry needling is typically used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for musculoskeletal conditions, and may be combined with other forms of therapy such as exercise, manual therapy, and education.
During a dry needling treatment, you may feel a sensation similar to a muscle twitch or cramp as the needle is inserted and manipulated within the trigger point or tight band of muscle.
You may also experience a temporary feeling of soreness or achiness in the treated area for a short period after the treatment.
However, everyone’s response to dry needling is different, and some people may not experience any discomfort at all.
It’s important to communicate with your physiotherapist throughout the treatment to ensure that you are comfortable and to adjust the treatment as necessary.
Dry needling can be uncomfortable for some individuals, but it is generally well-tolerated and does not cause significant pain. The sensation experienced during dry needling can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s pain threshold, the location of the trigger points, and the depth of the needle insertion.
It is normal to experience some soreness or mild discomfort after dry needling, similar to the feeling of having worked out a muscle. This is usually temporary and can be alleviated with gentle stretching, ice, or heat therapy.
The technique is considered safe when performed by a qualified healthcare professional, and side effects are generally mild and include temporary soreness, bruising, or bleeding at the site of insertion.
Overall, dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions, and the discomfort experienced during the procedure is generally minimal.
If you have concerns about pain or discomfort during dry needling, it is important to discuss them with your therapist before undergoing treatment.
Dry needling treatment is recommended for various musculoskeletal conditions that involve trigger points, tight muscles, and other soft tissue restrictions.
It is often used as a part of a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan, and is usually recommended when other forms of therapy such as exercise and manual therapy have not provided sufficient relief.
Some common conditions for which dry needling treatment may be recommended include:
Overall, dry needling treatment may be recommended for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions that involve soft tissue restrictions, tension, or pain. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist, to determine if dry needling is appropriate for your specific condition.
Myofascial trigger points, also known as MTrPs, are typically caused by repetitive or sustained stress on a muscle or group of muscles.
This can lead to the development of a taut band of muscle fibre that is tender to the touch and can cause pain and restricted movement.
Some common causes of myofascial trigger point pain include:
It is important to identify the underlying cause of myofascial trigger points in order to effectively treat and prevent their recurrence.
A qualified healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist, can help determine the underlying cause of your trigger point pain and develop an individualised treatment plan to address your specific needs. Dry needling might be included in this treatment plan.
Physiotherapists are one of the healthcare professionals who are trained and qualified to perform dry needling. In fact, dry needling is becoming increasingly popular among physiotherapists as an effective adjunct to other forms of physical therapy.
Physiotherapists who are trained in dry needling will typically have completed a certification course in the technique, which includes both theoretical and practical training. This training ensures that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the technique safely and effectively.
Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and are trained to assess and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions. This means they can accurately identify the specific muscles and trigger points that need to be targeted with dry needling, based on their knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology.
The use of dry needling by physiotherapists is based on the understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the body’s response to injury and pain. By inserting needles into trigger points or tight bands of muscle, physiotherapists can help to release tension and promote healing in the affected area.
Physiotherapists are also trained to use a range of techniques and modalities to treat musculoskeletal conditions, including dry needling. They have a comprehensive understanding of how different techniques can be combined and used in conjunction with other forms of therapy to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.
Finally, physiotherapists are regulated healthcare professionals who are held to strict standards of education, training, and practice. This means they have a high level of accountability and are required to adhere to ethical and professional standards.
Thin, sterile needles are used for dry needling. The needles used for dry needling are typically much thinner than needles used for injections, and they do not contain any medication. The needles are usually made of stainless steel and are available in various lengths and gauges.
The length of the needle used depends on the area of the body being treated and the depth of the target tissue. For example, longer needles may be used for deep muscles or trigger points, while shorter needles may be used for more superficial areas.
The gauge of the needle refers to its thickness. Thicker needles have a lower gauge number and are stronger and more durable, but may cause more discomfort during insertion. Thinner needles have a higher gauge number and are more flexible and comfortable, but may not be as strong and durable.
The needles used for dry needling are disposable and should be used only once to prevent the risk of infection. After use, the needles are disposed of in a sharps container to ensure safe disposal.
It is important to note that only qualified healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, should perform dry needling. They have been trained in proper needle insertion techniques, as well as sterilisation and disposal procedures, to ensure safe and effective treatment.
There are many trigger points located throughout the body, and they can be classified based on the muscle group in which they occur. Here are some examples of common trigger points:
Gluteus medius trigger points: These are located in the gluteus medius muscle, which is located on the side of the hip. Trigger points in this muscle can cause pain in the hip and lower back.
It is important to note that trigger points can occur in many other muscles throughout the body, and the location of trigger points can vary from person to person. A trained healthcare provider can help identify trigger points and determine the best treatment approach.
Local, proximal, and distal needling are different techniques used in dry needling. Here is an explanation of each technique:
The choice of needling technique will depend on the individual patient and their specific needs. Local needling may be more appropriate for patients with localised pain or dysfunction, while proximal or distal needling may be more appropriate for patients with pain or dysfunction that is more widespread.
Ultimately, the goal of dry needling is to release trigger points and improve muscle function, regardless of the specific needling technique used.
The decision to use deep or superficial dry needling depends on the specific condition being treated, the location and depth of the trigger point or tight band of muscle, and the patient’s individual tolerance for discomfort. In general, superficial dry needling is less invasive and may be appropriate for more sensitive or shallow trigger points, while deep dry needling may be more effective for deeper trigger points or more severe muscular tension.
Dry needling and acupuncture are two different techniques that involve the insertion of thin needles into the skin and muscle tissue. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are some key differences between the two:
Overall, while both acupuncture and dry needling involve the use of needles to treat pain and dysfunction, they have different origins, theories, techniques, and treatment approaches.
While dry needling is generally safe and effective for most people, there are some individuals who may not be suitable candidates for this treatment. These include:
It is important to discuss any medical conditions or concerns with a qualified healthcare provider before undergoing dry needling treatment to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.
Give Pollinate Health a call or book online for dry needling that is a complementary treatment to address musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and get back to being pain free.