Dry needling is the process of inserting extremely fine needles into specific points of your muscles to achieve a therapeutic effect. It is a painless way to reduce inflammation, tension, muscle spasms and pain by releasing chemicals into your tissues.

Our physiotherapists are highly trained in the use of dry needling and use the technique to treat conditions such as:

  • Neck & lower back pain
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Foot and ankle pain

Involves the painless insertion of fine
needles into muscles to achieve a therapeutic effect

The needles stimulate the release of chemicals which help to reduce pain and inflammation

Dry needling may be used to complement your existing physiotherapy program

“Nothing is more revealing than movement”

Martha Graham


What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to relieve muscle pain and cramping but may also help a person’s flexibility.  Short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles are inserted into pressure points, also called trigger points. These are tight areas or knots in the muscles. The needles contain no liquid, and nothing is injected.

What conditions are treated with dry needling?

Dry needling is not only effective for myofascial pain, but is also known to assist in the following:

  • Joint pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Shin splints
  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Back pain
Is dry needling painful?

Dry needling can have varying levels of discomfort in different people. However, most of the time it is a relatively painless procedure. There can sometimes be a cramp-like sensation or a pinch felt when the needle is inserted in the muscle, resulting in some discomfort in the area after the procedure is finished.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

During acupuncture, the needles are inserted into points along meridian lines. These lines represent the body’s organs and are based on ancient Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the idea of balance and restoring proper flow of energy throughout the body.  It is most often used to treat internal ailments, including digestive problems, insomnia, stress and chronic pain.

During Dry Needling, the needles are inserted into trigger points, or tender bands of muscle located within larger muscles.  When needles are inserted into trigger points, they elicit a response that releases the trigger point and restores normal function.  Dry needling is used to treat cases of chronic and acute pain without the use of medication or surgical procedures.