Acupuncture needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (points of tenderness, colloquially known as ‘knots’). These trigger points are often the cause of referred pain, and the dry needling acts to deactivate and resolve them, resulting in reduced muscle tension, tightness and pain. Conditions commonly treated using dry needling include ‘tennis elbow’, ‘golfers elbow’, trapezius tightness, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, referred pain, nerve and muscle pain and headaches.
Important Things to Know
Is it painful? Most people report a ‘mild prick’ sensation, similar to a mosquito bite that quickly fades.
Is it dangerous? Our staff have the necessary training and experience to provide all services, including dry needling, in a safe and effective fashion.
How does it differ from acupuncture? Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principals that requires inserting microscopic needles at the site of the tension or pain. Acupuncture, on the other hand, has its foundations in Chinese Medicine. It requires needles to be inserted and retained (for 15-30 minutes) to redirect and reposition the flow of energy along a meridian (internal pathway) to treat complaints like digestive issues, stress, insomnia, sub-fertility, or sometimes chronic pain.