Dry Needling involves the advancement of a thin filament acupuncture needle into soft tissues (muscle, tendon or ligament).
Dry needling is a useful adjunct of physiotherapy treatment at Head 2 Toe. If you and your practitioner choose to use it, it will be used alongside other techniques such as mobilisation, massage, and specifically prescribed exercises. If you are specifically keen on having dry needling as part of your physiotherapy management, please mention it to our reception staff upon booking, as not all the physiotherapy practitioners at Head 2 Toe use dry needling techniques.
The evidence base for acupuncture or dry needling in various areas of physiotherapy, has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, research has grown to provide evidence-based support in the treatment of
The needle used is very thin (up to 10 times thinner than one used for an injection) and most people do not feel the needle pass the skin. Generally only an ache will be felt while the needle is in place.
Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.
A myofascial “trigger point” is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”. This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.