Dry needling, also known as Myofascial trigger point dry needling, works by carefully inserting thin acupuncture style needles into trigger points which are the cause of neuromuscular dysfunction, resulting in a clients pain, reduced function or increased stress on surrounding structures.

The needles are inserted to elicit a local twitch response to release the trigger point to help restore normal function. Needles can either be left in for a few minutes or the therapist can use a “pecking” technique to release trigger points. Depending on the size or location of the trigger point a strong twitch response (or multiple twitch responses) may be felt or a dull aching sensation, which gradually subsides over time. Following the release of the trigger points it is important to restore normal function to the muscle with correct movement patterns or activation exercises.

Our therapist also use a segmental needling technique, also called western acupuncture. Western acupuncture, as the name suggests, incorporates some common points from the Chinese meridian lines but apply them with “western” reasoning in relation to anatomy and neurophysiology. These points are stimulated to create or enhance local, spinal supraspinal or sympathetic effects.

Following Needling:

  • Pressure may be applied to the area after the needle is removed to minimise bruising, bleeding or post-treatment soreness
  • Local heat may be applied to the area, or if a haematoma develops, icing is recommended
  • Range of motion exercises, muscle activation and stretching are encouraged
  • Post-treatment soreness is expected and may last for 1-2 days after needling an active trigger point

So if you have tried stretching, massages or self-trigger point releases and not getting anywhere, come in and let one of our therapist see if dry needling will work for you. Get in touch with Powerhouse Physio today to book an appointment.