Dry needling is a skilled intervention that is similar to acupuncture. It is based on scientific research and uses western-based anatomy and physiology to select trigger points.
Dry needling uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, such as muscular and connective tissues, to reduce your muscle pain and improve your movement.
Practitioners who perform dry needling have completed rigorous training to ensure the treatment is highly effective and meets national safety standards. Dry needling treatments are often combined with physiotherapy treatment, however it is recommended you follow the advice of your health professional as to whether it is right for you and your health considerations.
A dry needling session may be claimed on private health insurance depending on your level of cover, please check with your private health insurance provider.
Physiotherapist often use this treatment technique for chronic injuries including:
- Headache management
- Muscle spasms
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal pain
When Would Physiotherapist consider dry needling?
- To treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue
- To diminish persistent peripheral pain
- To reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation