Dry Needling

By Adelaide Women's Physio | August 30, 2016

Dry Needling is a common technique used to assist the treatment of many musculoskeletal problems we encounter at Physiotherapy for Women. Below we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about this technique.

What is Dry Needling and how is it different to acupuncture?

Dry needling involved inserting acupuncture needles into tight or dysfunctional muscle tissue. Acupuncture will use needling in the same way but applies Traditional Chinese Medicine theories to needle placement.

What can Dry Needling be used for?

  • Muscular tension/spasm and pain in most areas of the body
  • Neurological (nerve) pain, including sciatica
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Back ache

How does Dry Needling help?

Why Dry Needling works is still not well understood. However, research is indicating that it may help by:

  • Initiating and facilitating the body’s natural healing processes
  • Improving the biochemistry in the tissue and nerves
  • Interrupting ‘danger’ signals from the body to the brain and subsequently decreasing pain
  • Releasing trigger points/tight muscles
  • Improving circulation
  • Invoking overall relaxation, allowing the body to heal

How long will it take to help?

This is a variable, with some people feeling improvement immediately, whilst others find it takes a day or two to help. To achieve the best overall results people may need several treatments close together to create an accumulative affect and to interrupt the pain cycle. Decreasing pain often allows people to sleep better and commence rehabilitation exercise programs to address the root cause of the problem.